Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/2/13
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Is Ike Davis heading toward a statistical cliff? I’m really concerned about the fact that unless something drastic happens between now and Opening Day, there will be no real legitimate right-handed power bat to protect Ike Davis in the lineup. The Mets are lacking a true number five hitter. With Davis being the Mets’ number one power source on the team, why would any opposing pitcher throw him anything that he could wallop? Especially when they know his propensity for chasing pitches out of the strike zone? We know how intense a player Davis is, and we’ve seen him go through prolonged slumps before. But unless we get him some real protection in the lineup, I can see him having even more prolonged slumps than we saw in 2010 and 2012, and that could have an adverse effect on his overall production and development. The carry-over effect can even ripple down to David Wright’s production as well. I know it’s still early, but I also know the Mets seem unwilling to overpay in dollars or in...
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