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Can Ike Davis Win a Gold Glove?

By Mike Silva ~ September 27th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

With his September surge, Ike Davis is putting a stamp on what is becoming a solid offensive season. To date, he has 18 homers, 69 RBI, OPS of .797, and an OPS+ of 116. Certainly not in the class of Fielder, Pujols, or Votto, but certainly solid numbers for his first go around the league. Before you sneer at Davis numbers, his WAR is just .2 behind the Yankees Mark Teixeira, and ahead of Ryan Howard.

What has been most impressive about Davis is his defense at first. Sure, everyone remembers the over the rail catches, but Davis is leading all NL first basemen in UZR/150 at 12.5, and is just behind Oakland’s Daric Barton (13.7). Today, John Dewan’s “Stat of the Week” gave an update about the Fielding Bible Gold Glove for each position using Defensive Runs Saved.

Going into the final week Davis has saved 14 runs, again behind Oakland’s Barton (20), but way ahead of the next best first basemen in the National League (Aubrey Huff with 6).

I don’t know if Davis will get the support of the voters, who tend to take offense into consideration (see David Wright), but anyone who has watched him this season knows his value on the defensive end. The defensive metrics just validate what many have seen throughout the season.

If Davis can establish consistency on the offensive end the Mets may have themselves a nice homegrown player at first.

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1 Response to Can Ike Davis Win a Gold Glove?

  1. pal88

    I LIKE IKE….!..Let’s get Keith’s input on Ike’s DDDDDDD

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