In 2012, Ike Davis had valley fever.
In 2012, Ike Davis was rusty because he had missed so much playing time in 2011.
In 2012, the hitting approach impacted Ike Davis negatively.
In 2012, Ike Davis didn’t have enough lineup protection or he was shuffled around the order too much.
In 2012, Ike Davis should have been sent to the minors but instead he was allowed to “work things out” at the big league level, and that move allowed fans and coaches to believe Davis was magically fixed.
Sure, Davis showed significant signs of improvement during the later part of 2012. Realistically though, he wasn’t fixed in 2012. He was still striking out and hitting for a low average. For some reason we decided to accept that type of performance merely because he 27 HR from June 1st on.
Regardless of the power he found, he was still a .252 hitter from June 1st on. I’m not sure when that became acceptable from a guy we all expected to be a top 3 1B in the National League – but I’m done giving Davis the b...