Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/16/14
New-york-mets-ike-davis

New York Mets first baseman, Ike Davis, delivered his third multi-homer game of the season and added a career high five runs batted in propelling NY to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.  With his 29th and 30th home runs of the year, Davis became only the third first base man in Mets history to reach the 30-homer plateau and the 16th player in team history to hit 30-homers in a season.

“It’s a cool milestone, I guess,” Davis told reporters following the game. “It’s something you can always tell your kids — you hit 30 homers in the big leagues. But, obviously, if I would have hit 29 this year I still would have been happy with the power numbers, for sure.”

Ike homered in back-to-back innings, the first of which came in the bottom half of the fourth when the 25-year-old first base man drilled a 3-1 offering from Pittsburgh starter Kyle McPherson over the left-center field wall.  One inning later, Davis capped off a four-run frame with a three-run bomb to give NY a 6-0 lead they would not relinquish.

After a brutal start to the season, Ike has turned his 2012 season around with career high’s in both home runs (30) and runs batted in (88).  What’s the biggest difference in Ike’s first and second half performances?  “I’m just not awful,” Ike told reporters.

“I felt like I had never played baseball before. I kept saying I’m not going to play this bad forever. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to do that. You guys can pick up a stick and do better than I did. But I told you there’s better things to come. I don’t know if I’ve had the greatest season of all time, but I definitely made myself feel a little better about this season working through stuff and grinding and seeing you can come from pretty far behind and still have a pretty good year. I guess everyone kind of goes through something like that. I’m glad, I guess, that I did. It definitely made me a better baseball player. It was mental strength, for sure. But hopefully I don’t do that again.”

I just hope that many fans — who have totally tuned out the Mets over the last two months — don’t judge Ike solely on what they watched in the first half. Or worse, look at his numbers and see that .227 batting average and not realize just how good he has been for the Mets over the last two months.  Since the All-Star break, Davis is hitting .252 and his 17 home runs are tied for the second most in the NL with Washington’s Adam LaRoche — behind only Chase Headley (21).  Over that span, only seven players have driven in more than his 39 runs batted in:

 

 

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

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.