Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/5/13
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Ike Davis had an incredible second half for the Mets last season and even led the NL in home runs during that span. Plagued with some rust from an ankle injury that wiped out his 2011 season and a bout with Valley Fever, Davis had two very forgettable months to start the 2012 campaign - combining for a .169 batting average in April and May. He came dangerously close to being demoted to the minors, but Terry Collins stuck with him and Davis rewarded him with 27 homers and .541 slugging percentage the rest of the way. That leads to the question of if the young first baseman can hit the 40 homer plateau. Fake Teams‘ Ray Guilfoyle believes he can and writes: But, Davis will have to improve in two areas before reaching the 40 home run plateau. He needs to hit better than .174 vs lefties, as he did in 2012. He hit .295 vs lefties in 2010, so if he can split the difference and hit around .240 against southpaws, that should help him get there. In addition, Davis was horrible at home last se...
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