Ready or not, fixed or not, the Ike Davis redemption tour begins Friday, when the Mets finally will recall their first baseman for the series opener against the Brewers at Miller Park, a source confirmed late Thursday night.
Davis spent nearly a month at Triple-A Las Vegas in an effort to snap out of a prolonged funk to start this season, and he was scratched from the 51s' lineup Thursday night as a precursor to joining the team for the start of a nine-game, three-city trip.
Davis seems due for a promotion after batting .293 (22-for-75) with seven doubles and seven homers in 21 games for Las Vegas. After so much discussion about a problematic hitch and the need for a swing makeover, it appears his work with hitting coach George Greer and 51s manager Wally Backman has paid off.
Perhaps most encouraging is that Davis has been effective against lefthanders as well as righthanders -- factoring in that the Pacific Coast League is very much a hitter-friendly environment. His success against both was good, with a .929 OPS vs. lefties and 1.160 OPS vs. righties. Davis also has been more selective, with 17 walks and 18 strikeouts.
Compare that production with what he did with the Mets before his demotion -- .161 (30-for-186), five homers and 16 RBIs with a .500 OPS and 66 strikeouts. Despite a few wake-up calls from management, Davis couldn't stop the downward spiral at the big-league level in his final 24 games, including 31 strikeouts in 81 at-bats.
The promotion of Davis, however, creates a bit of a shake-up for the Mets at first base, where Josh Satin has made the most of his opportunity.
Satin, called up June 9 when Davis was sent down, has a 10-game hitting streak and smacked his first career home run Wednesday. He's batting .378 with seven doubles and seven RBIs in 17 games. He also is 10-for-24 against lefthanders.
The Mets face three righthanded starters in Milwaukee -- Johnny Hellweg, Yovani Gallardo and Wily Peralta -- so they could be using this as a chance to capitalize on Davis' hot streak in the desert. It also could serve as a potential confidence boost that would allow Davis to regain his standing as the Mets' everyday first baseman -- for now as well as the future.
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