What about Ike Davis — Pacific Coast League Player of the Week! That place can cure any hitter on the planet. Have you seen Ike’s slash line as of June 27th. In 63 PAs: .306/.460/.714. He’s fixed, and he’s only two months older than Allan Dykstra in AA!
Is it Las Vegas or being kept in quarantine from Dave Hudgens? Hudgens has said nary a word about the home runs. What good are they? Want to get Dave excited, don’t just do something, stand there. Here is his latest on Ike from last week when Davis walked twice in one night,
“I judge [progress] more on the walks almost more than on the hits because that means he’s recognizing pitches, laying off the curveball down, laying off pitches,” said Hudgens, who has been in daily contact with his counterpart, Greer. “Obviously, I know he can hit. I want him to recognize pitches so he lays off pitches he shouldn’t swing at.”
If Ike ever wants to get promoted he better put that bat down!
As I type this, the Mets have the lowest BA in all of baseball and, call me crazy, but I believe the corporate approach has something to do with it. But the Mets are 25th in Runs. So maybe Hudgens is onto something here. Walks can help. I mean, how many times have you watched a close game in the late innings and thought to yourself, “Come on, we need a big walk here.”
Yes, and it just happened this week! Bases loaded, one out, and Jeremy Hefner up. Hefner’s batting line for the season, 21 at bats, zero hits, 13 strikeouts. On a 3-1 pitch Hefner swung and grounded into a force out at home. Apparently the hitters need to take two strikes but Hefner has a green light. But I won’t get on Jeremy too much. He pitched well, again, which is becoming commonplace. You know, Hefner is not a rental, he is under team control until 2019. That is starting to look like something we could actually care about.
I had to laugh when I saw Terry Collins gave Valdespin a rare start against tough Chris Sale. Set up to fail once again. I would say they should bring up Wilmer Flores, who is crushing it in Vegas, but there’s no playing time for him with Daniel Murphy holding down the fort. That’s a big decision: Is Flores good enough to take Murphy’s spot?
I would really hate to see Murphy move on. It is so impressive how he has taken to second base, and Murphy can flat out hit. It’s interesting with Flores. Before spring training many writers and bloggers that had seen Flores opined that there was no way he could play second base. Now he plays there all the time and every time I read something about him it’s about his hitting. All these beat reporters are following Ike around, one of them doesn’t think it’s worth it to comment on Flores defense? We know he can hit, that wasn’t the question.
I’ve been in Chicago on business over the weekend. Did I miss anything?
Harvey was crazy good again. It’s becoming bizarre, almost ho-hum. I’m practically expecting a perfect game one of these days. You know, I went to over 50 games in 1984 and 1985 when Doc was just dealing, so unlike some I can’t say I have never seen anything like this. But Matt is right there, and that is rarefied air. Oh, but we lost the game.
Saturday Gee pitched well, the bullpen bounced back, and the Nationals threw the ball around. A win, 5-1.
Today, as you know, is Zack Wheeler‘s first home start. I’m heading out to Citi Field to catch that one in person. Should be fun.