Ike Davis will return to Citi Field for the first time since the New York Mets traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Zach Thornton. Unlike Kyle Farnsworth, who was released by the Mets, Davis says he has no hard feelings.
“It’ll be weird, being in the visiting clubhouse for the first time,” said Davis, via MLB.com. “Truth is, it’s not something big to me. Just gotta do it, go and try to beat the Mets.”
Davis, who had always struggled in New York and only really played against left handed pitchers has thrived in Pittsburgh. Now an everyday first baseman and clean-up hitter, Davis is hitting .277 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Lucas Duda, who the Mets preferred to be their everyday first baseman and hence traded Davis, is batting a mere .228, 57 points lower than Davis. Davis has been batting particularly well since the 6th of April, batting .407 in his last 17 games.
Davis went on to say, “Really, it takes a while during the season to find a groove, and I’m usually pretty decent once I do find it…Usually it takes me a little longer. I found it earlier this year.”
Pittsburgh send young pitcher Brandon Crumpton, who has been recalled from Triple-A-Indianapolis to try and enter the void left by Wandy Rodriguez. The Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom, who is making his third big league start.