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Man, What Has Happened to Ike Davis?

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets looks on after being tagged out at first base in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 21, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Yeah, pretty rough right now.

We don't think we were alone in thinking, coming into the season, that Ike Davis was going to be the best hitter on the Mets. He was terrific last season before an injury cut it short, and other than that Valley Fever business that everyone agrees hasn't been an issue, he looked primed to break out this year. There was a little worry about how messed up his timing was the first week, but that was just the first week. He'd surely get it figured out. But he never did.

The Mets have been a pleasant surprise but, boy, has Ike Davis ever been a disaster. After another 0-for-4 last night, Davis is now 2-for-his-last-32 and is batting .156 on the season. It is very possible that Davis, who we honestly thought had a chance at being an All-Star coming into this year (considering the first-base migration of talent from the National League to the American League), is going to be sent to Buffalo when Jason Bay returns from the disabled list. It's just shocking. The Mets are trying everything to get him going, including a big meeting with Terry Collins before the game yesterday. (Davis' quote as to the contents of the meeting: "Same shit I've been talking about for days."

Check out just how bad has been. There are 173 players who have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title. Here's where Davis ranks in major categories, among those 173 souls.

Batting Average: .156 (173rd)
On-Base Percentage: .212 (172nd)
Slugging Percentage: .291 (164th)
Strikeouts: 43 (18th)

No one seems to know what the problem is, but it's looking extremely likely that it's a problem that'll have to be resolved in Buffalo. Greg Prince at Faith and Fear in Flushing nailed down what's going on with Davis succinctly:

What’s most painful about watching Ike slouch toward Triple-A is how he’s flailing in his rush to get there. This is the team that takes pitches, works counts and manufactures baserunners, right? If so, Ike’s already on another team. There is no approach from him at the plate right now. Ike faces pitchers like he’s just passing through, knowing that in a matter of minutes he’ll be sitting and stewing again.

Yeah, that's exactly what it looks like: It looks like he's halfway to the dugout before the first pitch is thrown. He may be on his way to Buffalo any minute. You keep thinking he's gonna come around ... and he never does. Considering how important Davis was to the Mets' plans for the immediate future — considering they were giving away a bobblehead of the guy last July — it's amazing how quickly he has fallen. Maybe Buffalo will fix him. Because, regardless of the Mets' "success" so far with Ike so lost, they need him and will continue to. Probably a good time to get that bobblehead at a reduced price, though.

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