Ike Davis Newsbeat
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
He made similar comments in many interviews, including one I conducted with him last September. Duda had just hit two homers in a game, and we began with what I thought was a softball to warm him up.
“Lucas, when you first came up, you were open about how hitting in big spots made you nervous. Now that you’ve been in the league a few years, is it easier?”
His answer? Laughter, followed by, “No.”
A moment later, when the camera was off, Duda dropped his head, said, “tough question, bro,” and sulked away. Seriously. Eeyore.
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Let’s recap Acts 1 through V:
Act I, 2010 and 2011: .271/.357/.460 over 750 plate appearances, 26 HR, 123 OPS+
Act II, early 2012: .202/.276/.404 in 344 plate appearances
Act III, late 2012: .256/.354/.551 in 240 plate appearances
Act IV, early 2013: .161/.242/.258 in 207 plate appearances
Act V, late 2013: .267/.429/.443 in 170 plate appearances
When I look at the various ups and downs in Ike’s career, I don’t see a player who cratered without explanation from a potential wunderkind in 2009-2011 to a dud thereafter. I see a player who has been overall working his way toward a successful major league career, but who had two incredibly long and deep troughs. You don’t luck your way into being that good, and you don’t luck your way into being that bad. Other things are at play.
Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 70 comment(s)
I like Ike. I’ve been sitting on him for a few years in various fantasy leagues. At this point, I’m just happy he’s out of New York, so I can finally find out if my belief in him is misguided or not.
Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
Friday, April 18, 2014
I had to make sure Zack Thornton wasn’t Zach Stewart, but does it matter?
A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later…
For New York, the departure of Davis means that the club will move ahead with Lucas Duda as its regular first baseman, a role that he had taken on early in 2014. It also marks the end to an ultimately disappointing tenure in New York for the 27-year-old, left-handed hitting slugger.
Meanwhile, the Pirates will take on the $3.14MM left on Davis’s 2014 salary, and will control his rights via arbitration through 2016. Davis will presumably work in some form of platoon with the right-handed hitting Gaby Sanchez…
Thornton is a 25-year-old reliever who was working in Triple-A this season after reaching that level late last year for the first time.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Commenter: “they should have drafted a lot more mat harvey’s”
The Yankees and Mets haven’t made a trade since 2004 (Mike Stanton to the Yankees, Felix Heredia to the Mets).
But this is one that would make sense for both teams: Ike Davis to the Yankees. Dellin Betances to the Mets.
That’s just an idea for starters. It doesn’t have to be Betances. But he’s the hard-throwing young bullpen arm the Mets desperately need. The Yankees need a first baseman after the increasingly brittle Mark Teixeira hit the disabled list again Saturday with a hamstring injury…
This whole Davis/[Lucas] Duda thing has not been the Mets’ finest hour. It’s been clear for some time that the front office favors Duda, but the team has never committed to him… If the organization truly believes Duda is the better option, it needs to maximize Davis’ value by trading him for something more necessary than a lefty bat off the bench…
Make the call, Sandy [Alderson]. If not to the Yankees, then to another team that will give you something you truly need. That’s more important than giving Davis a chance for occasional glory.
for his generous support.
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