Ike Davis has been a concern for Mets fans all season. After a great rookie year and an injury shortened second season, Mets fans were looking to Ike to be one of the stars of this years teams, what they have gotten, is the worst player in baseball right now.
Ike Davis has the lowest fWAR in baseball with a -.1.1. At this point, Ike has cost the Mets just over one game due to his poor play. No one other player has a negative WAR over 1, the closest are Marlon Byrd and Brennan Boesch. His slash line sits a paltry .162/.221/.304., he is striking out 26.9% of his at bats. Even worse is his defense, his UZR currently sits at negative 12.2, again meaning that his defense has cost the mets 12 runs this year.
What does all this mean? The thing to keep in mind is that we are still only a quarter of the way through the season. Among the other top 10 worst players according to WAR are: Eric Hosmer, Dee Gordon, Albert Pujols and Rickie Weeks. These are all guys capable of great player and most of whom will end this season with good to great numbers despite really bad starts, hopefully Ike will be among that group. We have been hearing some chatter about sending Ike to the minors and I for one am against it. If Ike is going to hit MLB pitchers he need MLB plate appearances. I am just not sure what he is going to get in Buffallo that will give him a huge improvement. We have seen much better from Ike in the past and I believe the way to bring it back is to let him work through his problems on the Major League level.