As Chumbawamba once sang, "Ike gets knocked down, will he get up again?"
It’s no secret that Ike Davis’ hold on the everyday first baseman’s job is in serious jeopardy. In 141 at-bats this season, Davis is the owner of a .156 batting average and .212 on-base percentage. That’s nowhere near the production expected of a starting first baseman. In fact, it’s more in line with R.A. Dickey’s career numbers at the plate. (Dickey has a .189 batting average and .219 on-base percentage over 132 lifetime at-bats.)
But if the Mets are going to make a decision on whether or not to demote Davis to the minor leagues, they should do it before the team returns to Citi Field on Thursday. A quick look at the home/road splits will explain the urgency behind this decision.
While wearing his road grays in 2012, Ike Davis has batted .228 (18-for-79) with a .274 on-base percentage. Although those numbers aren’t great, they’re not worthy of a demotion. In fact, despite Davis’ season-long slump, his s