Found April 16, 2012 on BigAppleMetsTalk:

I can’t remember who is was, but over the weekend someone made a very interesting comment regarding Ike Davis. The comment was “Ike has probably never started a season as poorly as his has this season in his entire life”. This comment is very interesting because it is probably very true.

Davis is in just his 3rd professional season, but he has been successful up to this point at all levels of his Major League Career. He had two hits in his Major League Debut and last season he started out like a house of fire. He tore up the Minors on his way to the Bigs and he must have torn up every other level he has ever played since he made it to the Majors.

Situations like this are interesting. When young players go through adversity like this you get to learn a lot about their mental make-up. Someone like Lucas Duda is said to get really down on himself when he struggles and loses confidence in himself quickly. Players like Davis who have been tabbed as a potential star since being drafted may have a different view on things since they know they may get more of a shot to fix things if they struggle, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Davis broke out somewhat over this past weekend In Philly. He had a 2-4 day against Cole Hamels, including his first home run of the season. What was most impressive was that it was against a lefty and that’s a good sign for him to potentially come out of his funk.

Ike is a key cog in the Mets lineup as the clean-up hitter. He will undoubtedly go through more slumps in his career, but each one of them, especially early in his career are valuable learning experiences for him. Davis has a world of potential, and adversity such as this can only make him a better all-around player.  Days like yesterday when he has a big day against a tough lefty after struggling will boost his confidence and mental make-up.

 

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