Ike Davis has had a disappointing season. Understatement of the year. He had Valley Fever, was out for most of last season. I can understand some of why Ike struggled so much during the first half. As others have suggested, I think next season will tell alot about how good a ball player he is. I don't think the Mets should turn their backs on him just yet. Let's see how he does in 2013.
Anyhow, I thought a comparison of Ike's numbers to other first basemen with SIMILAR NUMBER of ABs would be of interest.
Batting average-As could be expected, only three others have worse batting averages. Adam Dunn (.205), Carlos Pena (.194) and Smoak (.189).
HRs-Ike Davis (20) has the sixth most home runs of all first basemen.
RBIs- Ike Davis (61) has the ninth most RBIs of all first basemen.
OBP - Only Smoak of Seattle has a worse OBP than Ike Davis.
SLG- Ike Davis ranks 15th in slugging percentage (.424).
OPS-Ike Davis ranks 15th in OPS (.704)
K- Only three others have struck out more than Ike (103).
BB-Ike Davis ranks 15th in walks (34)
Errors: 7 (Second most errors. He's tied with illustrious others...Fielder and Pujols. Of course, his total offensive numbers don't rank near them.)Fielding Percentage: .992 (ranks 10th)
The home runs and RBIs are surprisingly decent. But he's GOT to get on base more and strike out less. Part of the problem with the Mets is their middle of the line up guys strike out too much. I hope next season Davis isn't a part of that problem.
Ike's valley fever has probably taken more out of him than we, or even he realizes. I don't know about VF but even his fielding is slightly under par this year.
I'd say give him spring training and most likely April. If he isn't better then, start looking elsewhere.
No one is saying that Ike's problems are definitely related to his time off or the Valley Fever. He may just s*ck. heh. Most are just saying he deserves next season to see what he really is as a ballplayer
As for Murphy coming back strong in 2011, all credit to him, but everyone is different. Some ballplayers came back from WW II and it was like they had never missed a day while others struggled