Less than a month after demoting Ike Davis to Triple-A the Mets have recalled the first baseman from the minors, where he hit .293 with seven homers, seven doubles, and a 1.091 OPS in 21 games.
Davis also had an encouraging 18/17 K/BB ratio at Triple-A, although it’s worth noting that the Pacific Coast League and specifically Las Vegas are extremely hitter-friendly environments. He homered in each of his final two games and fared well against both righties and lefties.
Davis more than earned the demotion by hitting .161 in 55 games for the Mets, including a 66/19 K/BB ratio and .500 OPS, but he recovered from a brutal first half last season to put together a fantastic second half. He’s batting cleanup in his first game back.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.