Ike Davis, 1B – Two things could prevent Ike Davis from having a very good season for the Mets.
- His left ankle. The one he injured in a collision with David Wright. The one that was misdiagnosed. The one that ended his 2011 season. He says it is “good to go,” but he also fears it may never be 100%. It’s the ankle he uses to push off and transfer his weight during his swing. If it has healed well enough, he’ll continue to generate the Citi Field-proof power he’s displayed in his first two seasons in Flushing (and with the change of outfield dimensions in 2012, he should be able to wear out the new Mo’s Zone). It will also mean he’ll be the mobile, reliable first baseman we’re used to seeing – the kind that makes the rest of the infield better.
- His ability to lay off a bouncing breaking ball. In his rookie season, the league figured out that they could get him to chase a bender that started at the knees. In his sophomore season, before he got hurt, he learned to lay off that pitch. As a result, not only was he hitting for power, but hitting for a .302 average and a .383 OBP.
Assuming his left ankle is manageable, Davis should be a vital cog to this team, both in the lineup and in the field.
Projection: .276, 28 HR, 94 RBI
FanGraphs: .279, 24 HR, 97 RBI
Up next: Daniel Murphy.