The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyone looking for proof of this cliché needs to look no further than Ike Davis’ approach when he gets to two strikes. Last August I wrote that the Mets should give Davis the take sign when he gets to 0-2 and only allow him to swing at fastballs when the count was 1-2 because all he was doing in those counts was chasing breaking pitches out of the strike zone.
Here are Davis’ breakdowns this year when the at-bat ends with the pitch from the following count:
0-2: 0-3, 3 Ks
1-2: 0-13, 12 Ks
2-2: 0-9, 5 Ks
Admittedly, these are the worst hitters’ counts there are, but 0-25 with 20 strikeouts is a special kind of inept and it goes a long way towards explaining the frustration that the fan base feels with Davis.
At the end of March, Terry Collins announced that Collin Cowgill was going to be an everyday player for the Mets. This lasted around 10 days before we saw less Cowgill. But Davis is some kind of sacred cow. Last ye...