What's wrong with Ike Davis?

Updated: May 7, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's difficult to make the case to own New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis in any fantasy league these days, since the first number you see with him is that annoying .168 batting average. He's earned it, too. I watched him hit a few times this weekend, and it's not like he's swinging the bat well, mashing warning-track line drives or being robbed by aggressive defenders. Davis is struggling, and things don't figure to get any easier for him Monday night on ESPN against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies.

What's even more disappointing is that the beleaguered Davis has had so many opportunities to produce runs this season, and we can't help but wonder what might have been. Entering Monday, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was the only player who had a higher total number of baserunners (101) while at the plate than Davis (95), which I think is news because it's not like the Mets are among the leaders in runs scored (though it could be much worse). Of course, Davis was converting a mere 6 percent of those baserunners into runs, one of the lowest totals in the league. The league average is 14 percent.