This off-season it became clear that there was a better chance for a person to win the lottery than to see Ike Davis play for the Mets. He was going to be a Mariner. He was going to be a Brewer. He was going to be an Oriole. He was going to be a Pirate. Although he made it to opening day, it didn’t take long for the Mets to finally pull the trigger on a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Pittsburgh, he looks to regain his swing that made him one of the league’s most feared young bats.
When first called up to the Mets he was the talk of Sportscenter each night. Expectations were through the roof that his power bat was going to carry the Mets lineup for years. His impressive minor league stat-line included a 20 homerun 2009. After batting .364 through his first ten games of 2010, Davis was on his way to the Mets.
As a rookie Davis continued to show his power potential by slugging 19 homeruns. After missing much of the next season due to injury, he became a force in the lineup by launching 32 homeruns. But then came 2013, when Davis batted a measly .205, and hit a punch-less nine homeruns. That season he was even demoted to the minor leagues to try to rework his swing.
With the trade to Pittsburgh, Davis enters a much better market to get back to being an elite slugger. In New York, Davis struggles were magnified by the press. Upon his trade, the New York Post ran an article titled, Take a Hike Ike, which spoke about his struggles. In his first 20 games as a Pirate, he has put together a .286 batting average, which is one of the best of his career. While he has only hit one homerun through these games, he gives the team a much more viable option at the plate than their other possible first basemen.
Even though Davis was a key piece to the Mets future, it was a forgone conclusion that he was not going to be a Met for long. If he can discover his swing that once made him a centerpiece in the heart of the Mets lineup, he should be around in Pittsburgh for a longtime.
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