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Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez Working Wonders in First Base Platoon

May 31st, 2014 at 4:39 PM
By Allan Smith

Since the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in mid-April, the Pirates traditionally messy first base situation has turned into one of the brightest spots in the lineup thanks to Davis focusing on contact and his partner Gaby Sanchez delivering timely, clutch hits.

'Ike Davis' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license:

"I just like the way they fit in the middle of the lineup; there is some power, but also the ability to see pitches and take a walk. We had it for a while last year, when Garrett [Jones] and Gaby were switching out in the cleanup spot."

Here are the pair's combined numbers with the Pirates this season.

At-Bats: 203

Runs: 29

Hits: 58

2B: 14

3B: 1

HR: 8

RBI: 25

BB/HBP: 23

SO: 44

AVG: .285

OBP: .358

SLG: .483

OPS: .841

The only qualifying first baseman who have a higher OPS than the Davis/Sanchez platoon are Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Moss, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Morneau, Jose Abreu, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto, basically a list of all of the top first baseman on the planet. The .841 OPS is higher than that of Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Davis, some of the other top first baseman in this galaxy.

'Gaby Sanchez' photo (c) 2014, Patrick Reddick - license:

"I love the way these two guys have complemented each other," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Their production is playing well. They have really professional numbers. And there's professional respect on both sides, and that always helps in this type of tandem, when they're pulling for each other. They understand the work conditions of the platoon.

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