Found July 06, 2013 on New York Sports-Kings:
Mlb-mets-dodgers-july
The average baseball fan will look at the Mets boxscore from last night and assume all is well with Ike Davis after his month long demotion to AAA Las Vegas.  However, those who watched the game, including Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez, may have seen a different picture than the boxscore depicted. The story that the boxscore will portray is this:  a 3-5 effort with two RBI and a walk.  It was his first three hit game of the year and only the seventh time all year that he had more than one hit in a game.  His average skyrocketed 23 points with the breakout game and all is now well for the big left hander, who was hitting cleanup behind David Wright in his first game back. If you watched the game and had watched Ike before his demotion, you would think nothing has changed.  His first hit was more or less a swinging bunt that was a byproduct of the “lefty power hitter shift.”   His next two hits were line drives that ended in right field but the second one was a ball that Ricky Weeks “O-leyed” like he was Roger Dorn.  Even Hernandez commented on how Davis was still opening up his front shoulder and out in front on pitches he should be driving to left field. It’s great to see Davis have a good game, and Mets fans understand how important he could be to their lineup if can show more consistency.  However, after watching his first game, it is hard to figure out what exactly he fixed while in Las Vegas.  His swing looked the same (including the hitch with his hands which is becoming Davis’ trademark) and one has to ask; is 75 at bats enough to fix the flaws that were besting Davis in his first 55 games of the year? The biggest reason Davis should have stayed in the minors is because his replacement Josh Satin was the hottest hitter on a somewhat resurgent Mets team.  The team enjoyed a better record during Davis’ month long absence and Satin had a lot to do with that.  The seemingly non-changed Davis swing and the better production from the Mets and their first base position is why bringing Ike back right now is a mistake. Josh Satin (left) has been a spark plug since he was called up on June 10, but now his opportunities will be minimal with the recall if Ike Davis. PHOTO COURTESY: PATRICK SMITH/GETTY IMAGES VIA THE NY TIMES The Mets were 9-7 after Satin’s first start on June 18 and 12-12 since Davis got sent down on June 10.  Satin was batting .353 with one homerun, seven RBI and 18 hits in 51 at bats.  Entering Friday’s 12-5 win over the Brewers, Satin had a 10-game hitting streak in which he was hitting .375 as well as a 15-game on-base streak that helped him to a .468 on base percentage in just 18 games. Now, Satin will have no choice but to cool off as his playing time gets decreased and the Mets will rely on Davis to come back and be productive right away. In AAA, Davis was hitting .293 with 7 homeruns and 13 RBI.  The same excuse that was made for Zack Wheeler’s not so spectacular numbers in Las Vegas (thin air, hitters  park), are now the exact excuses the Mets are using to justify Davis’ recall. What the Mets should have done is take their time with Davis and really let him fix the kinks before throwing him in against major league pitching.  There is no point to rush him back especially since the team was playing better without him.  If Davis is a building block to their future, they need to take time to evaluate that before moving forward.  This is now the second year in a row in which Davis saw his average well below .200 by the halfway point of the season.  Hitting .220 is simply not good enough and the Mets need to figure out if Davis can provide both average and pop as they look to build a contender in the years to come. GM Sandy Alderson has referred to Davis as a “core player” when he has refrained from saying the same thing about other young guys who have struggled like Ruben Tejada and Luca Duda.  Satin was also never seen as a “core player” but he has forced the Mets hand in keeping him with the big league club. However, Satin’s value will suffer now that he is not playing, and we may never really see what he could have been.  If the Mets didn’t see him in their future, a team would have been willing to trade for the 28-year old righty before this year’s Trade Deadline if he continued to show some promise. Unfortunately for Satin, he may never be more than a career minor leaguer whose chance at success was cut short.  Satin was a feel good story that made everyone feel good with the exception of Ike Davis.  What Davis is hoping to do is to come back strong and make Josh Satin nothing more than a trivia answer in the future. “Who was the guy who replaced Ike Davis during his demotion in 2013?”  People may not be able to remember the name Josh Satin in a few years and that’s only because the Mets are bringing Davis back too soon. Follow us on Twitter – @NYSportskings Like Dave Ragazzo on Facebook and follow him on Twitter The post Why Bringing Ike Davis Back Now Is a Bad Move appeared first on New York Sports Kings.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Tonight’s Mets Meme: Ike Davis Meets Some Big League Eyebrows

The post Tonight’s Mets Meme: Ike Davis Meets Some Big League Eyebrows appeared first on The Daily Stache.

Mets recall 1B Davis from Triple-A

The New York Mets recalled first baseman Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas. Davis, demoted on June 10 due to a poor start to the 2013 season, was batting fourth against Milwaukee on Friday night. Davis was hitting .161 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 55 games before being sent down. He made some mechanical adjustments during his stay in the minors and batted .293 with seven...

Mets' Ike Davis will rejoin team today

The New York Mets had not been happy with Ike Davis' under-performing ways when they sent him back down to Triple-A.  Now, the Mets are willing to give him another chance.  After showing his true talents in the minors (again), the Mets have recalled the 26-year old first baseman. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Davis will rejoin the Mets tonight as they take on...

Davis Will Play Everday At First Base And Push Satin To The Bench

Updated by Joe D. on 7/5 Based on comments made by Terry Collins Thursday and Wednesday, Ike Davis will return to the Mets and be immediately installed as the everyday first baseman. “We’re not bringing Ike up to be a platoon player I can assure you of that.” Wow… Not even to be considered in a platoon… Davis batted .293 during his stint with Las Vegas and slugged seven...

Ike Davis And Zack Wheeler Bounce Back; Mets Have Decision On Josh Satin

Ike Davis and Zack Wheeler, two key, but struggling players for the New York Mets, came up big Friday night in Milwaukee. In his return from the minors, Davis had three hits, while Wheeler, who was hit hard in his previous start, settled down by throwing more fastballs. They didn’t have great nights, but most importantly persevered. Davis still had his hitch, but it wasn’t as...

Keith Says Josh Satin Opened Some…Eyebrows

Keith Hernandez, the man whose former mustache was the inspiration behind the name of this blog, has once again given us some wonderful material to use from his time on the air. Kevin Burkhardt was giving us another one of his riveting reports, this time on how Josh Satin reacted to being benched for Ike Davis, and Keith then gave all of us this wonderful gem. From @RandomMetsTweets...

Josh Satin Salvaging A Rough Season for Jewish Hitters

The MLB season is approximately at its halfway point, and so far, it has not been a good season for most Jewish position players. The most accomplished active Jewish player, Ryan Braun, has been on the DL since June 10th with a bruised right thumb. This is the first ever trip to the disabled list for the five-time All-Star, and he is not expected back until after the All-Star break...

Did We Mention Josh Satin Had Three Hits On Sunday?

ALL HAIL!!! After riding the pine for two games since the return of Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, Josh Satin was inserted into Sunday’s lineup at the last minute after Brewers decided to start Tom Gorzelanny instead of their originally announced starter. Satin didn’t miss a beat and continued where he left off going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single to extend his...

Ike Back, Satin Stays

  The New York Mets have recalled first baseman Ike Davis who tore up AAA. Luckily, hot hitting Josh Satin and his 10 game hit streak remained on the roster. Read more HERE.

Nieuwenhuis Goes Crazy, Davis Goes Insane, Wheeler Wins The Game!

KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK… What a comedy of errors we had in this one as the New York Mets walloped the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 12-5 tonight at Miller Park. This was a fun game and I hope you all got a chance to watch it. I’m going to forego a retelling of all the many Brewer baserunning blunders and just get to the stuff we really care about – what did...

Trade Deadline: Finding Underrated Talent in Milwaukee

As we approach the trading deadline, anybody who has a keyboard will be coming up with trade ideas for the New York Mets. The truth is, I try to stay away from the “rumor” machine because I feel like I’ve learned my lesson with getting enthralled in things that never actually happen. The Mets are in an interesting position because so much of what they do moving forward depends...

#MetsTwitter Recap: The Kirk and Ike Show

Tonight's #Mets Lineup: 1. Young Jr 7 2. Murphy 4 3. Wright 5 4. Davis 3 5. Kirk 9 6. Lagares 8 7. Buck 2 8. Quintanilla 6 9. Wheeler P — Mets Family™ (@MetsFamily) July 5, 2013 Tonight's #Brewers lineup vs Mets: pic.twitter.com/p3JaNZgK6F — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 5, 2013 Ike, Buck & Kirk in the #mets lineup… More K's in their names or in their...

The Mets Weekly 7/8: Mrs. Met Is A Fox? Panini Machines? Eyebrows?

Chris and Jenson bring you another edition of The Mets Weekly. In this episode they recap the week that was against the Diamondbacks and Brewers while weighing in on so many other Metsian storylines ranging from our two 2013 MLB All Stars as well Minor League All Stars Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. Of course, no weekly Mets recap of any kind would be worth its weight in salt...

Mets all star history: the 1960′s

  With the All Star Game coming to Citi Field, it might be fun to run down Mets in All Star Game history.  First up the 1960s. 1962: Game 1 7/10 DC Stadium, Washington, DC NL 3-AL1 The Mets’ first representatives for an All Star Game were centerfielder Richie Ashburn as a reserve outfielder, and skipper Casey Stengel on NL manager Fred Hutchinson‘s coaching staff.  MLB...

Beer Country Primer for Mets Fans

When I was a kid Wisconsin was one of those places that existed in name only. Places like Wisconsin and Minnesota and Kentucky were as unlikely to actually exist as Bora Bora or the Canary Islands or Narnia. In a “tree falling in the forest that no one hears” kind of way, if I wasn’t aware of these places were they even real? Did I know anyone who had been there and returned...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.