NEW YORK (WFAN) – A long sit-down with Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t do much to spark struggling first baseman Ike Davis.
Monday’s chat — and benching — paid no immediate dividends. Davis went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday night, lowering his average to a paltry .156. He’ll head into Wednesday’s game mired in a 2-for-32 slump.
“The same (bleep) I’ve been talking about for days,” Davis said of his talk with Collins before the Mets’ 3-2 win in Pittsburgh, according to the New York Post.
With Jason Bay, Josh Thole and Ruben Tejada on the mend, New York may soon have no choice but to send Davis down to right his swing in the minors. Collins, who previously said it was “doubtful” that Davis would be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, admitted Sunday that it could be on the table.
The manager was hoping this road trip to the hitter-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre in Toronto and the Pirates’ PNC Park would get the 25-year-old going. Davis had one hit and swatted another on the nose Sunday, but Collins wanted more.
“Sunday we saw a guy actually go up there in Toronto and try to hit the ball to left field, and he hit two balls on the button,” Collins said, according to the Post. “I told him (Monday) that was great, but if you think for one second we want you to become a singles hitter, you’re sadly mistaken.”
He added: “That is defeating the entire purpose of what his value is to this team, so now are we asking him to do something that’s going to keep him from being successful (with batting average)? That is the fine line we walk at times.”
But Davis hasn’t been the only worry. The Mets manager sat ice-cold center fielder Andres Torres on Tuesday. Torres, just one for his last 34, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the win.
Collins said it may just be a matter of the speedster overswinging.
“He’s all full of energy. Everything is max, max, max effort,” said Collins. “So I just thought we’ll go another route and give him a day off.”
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