Ike Davis line so far in this series vs the Padres is as follows 3/H 5/AB 1/2B 1/BB 5/RBI 1/R .600/BA. Another item of note is that all 3 of those hits started with an at bat where Ike Davis swung at the 1st pitch.If you then come to the conclusion that Ike Davis must be hitting better of late cause he finally simply started swinging early in the count. I wouldn’t go that far. In fact Ike has been swinging early in the count throughout the month of May but not until this series vs the Padres has it shed any results. Ike Davis in the month of May# of times swung at the 1st pitch = 30# of Plate Appearances in May = 74# of At Bats in May = 69# of hits in at bats where he swung at 1st pitch = 4# of walks in at bats where he swung at 1st pitch = 0Based on those numbers Ike Davis in the month of May has 4 hits in 30 at bats where he swung at the 1st pitch. That is a batting average of .133/BA. Keep in mind 3 of those hits came against the Padres.Again to make the point that Ike Davis has been swinging early throughout the month. Between May 1st & May 14th Ike swung at the 1st pitch 16 times and had 0 hits to show for it. It wasn't until his 17th at bat where he swung at the 1st pitch did he get a hit. A double on May 16th vs Mike Leake of the Reds.In closing I don't know what it is that Ike is doing in this series that has given him the positive results we have seen so far I just want him to keep on doing it but the notion that it is due to simply swinging early you'd think then that we would have seen results weeks ago. Whatever it is I am sure there is more to it than just that alone. Probably a combination of things if I had to guess and I hope he continues to do whatever it is.
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