Written By: Alex Lowenthal

Ike Davis ripped a deep home run in today’s 17-11 win against the Cardinals.  Oh, and the bases happened to be loaded. Davis also walked twice.  He wasn’t exactly great in the field, however, misplaying a ball that resulted in an error during the 8th inning. This error allowed the Cardinals to creep back and make it 11-10.  Davis’ ‘redemption’ grand slam came in the bottom of the frame.  In just two exhibition games, Davis has gone 5 for 9 with a homer, 8 RBI and two runs with only 1 strikeout.

This performance does not mean he’ll be the Mets first baseman on Opening Day, but I think we’re going to see a bit of a competition this Spring between Davis and Daniel Murphy.  Davis was a first round draft pick (18th overall) in 2008.  Last year, he hit .298 with 20 HR and 71 RBI in 429 at bats in Single and Double A.  He’s also shown improvement in his fly ball percentage the last two years.  In 2008, his flyball rate was only 34%, but it increased to 43% last year.  Justin Morneau (43%, 30 HR) and Evan Longoria (42%, 33 HR) are two big name players with similar percentages last year.  Will he come out and be one of these impact, Home Run hitters?  Probably not.  But watching him these first few games has been pretty exciting.

I personally don’t plan on seeing much of him in the majors this year, but if Murphy/Mike Jacobs struggle, I think he can be a viable option who can make a solid impact.

What do you think Met fans? What would you like to see?

-Murphy? Jacobs? Davis? or even someone like Adam LaRoche/Russell Branyon?


Side Notes

-David Wright hit a nice opposite field two run homer in his first at bat.

-Gary Matthews Jr. and Luis Castillo looked sharp going a combined 4 for 4, while scoring 5 runs and driving in 2. Matthews Jr. added a Solo HR as well.

-Jason Bay went 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout in his Mets debut