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Mets tell Ike Davis he’s in no danger of being sent to minors

May 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Ike Davis has been about as bad as a major leaguer can be this season, hitting .159 with 44 strikeouts in 42 games at an offense-driven position while producing a .503 OPS that ranks 172nd out of 176 qualified batters.

That’s more than 400 points below the mark he posted in 38 games last season before injuries derailed him, yet according to what Davis told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal this afternoon manager Terry Collins has assured him that the Mets will not send him to the minors.

That doesn’t guarantee how much he’ll play, of course, and in fact Collins has now taken to benching the left-handed-hitting Davis against left-handed pitchers in favor of journeyman Vinny Rottino. And while Collins has assured Davis of his spot in the majors for now, it’s easy to see that changing whenever Jason Bay returns from the disabled list and the Mets’ corner outfield/first base logjam gets even more crowded.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Yeah…..why would you want to send down a guy who still has minor league options and is sporting a robust .159 avg and a .213 obp here in late May.
    Luv those Mets!

  2. jetstizzi85 - May 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    More than likely due to the fact they trust Ike will turn it around OR because he is their BEST available option at 1st base.

  3. dirtfrompeedysuniform - May 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Sounds like a vote of confidence to me, which means he will be in the minors by June 1st.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Collins: Don’t worry Ike, you’re my #1 guy. No one’s sending you to the minors.

      Ike (kneels and holds his palms open to the sky): NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

  4. sasquash20 - May 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I’m shocked at how bad he is hitting this year. He had a good rookie season hitting .265 with a .350 obp, hitting 19 hr, and 71 rbi. Last season before he got hurt he was on fire hitting .302 with an obp of .383, had 7 hr, and 25 rbi in just 36 games. I wonder if the valley fever thing has anything to do with him looking nothing like he used to as far as being a hitter.

  5. Reggie's Bush - May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Why not send him down, put duda on first and have the outfield of bay Torres nuwenheis (sp?) and Baxter as the 4th for now until Ike gets back on track. Too much faith

  6. exibitsman - May 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    he’ll bounce back by the Allstate break and by August he’ll be hitting 265 to 280 he just to good of a hitter to be hitting this bad but its only may he still has time to shake out of his hitting slump.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Walk - May 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I feel bad for ike. I have not seen him play much this year but he seemed like a very good player when i saw him last year. There was even a story for fantasy baseball earlier this year saying he would probably be second best pick after joey votto for nl leagues. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/24/ike-davis-is-the-nls-second-best-first-baseman/

    Long way to fall, i hope he recovers, maybe he will be next years comeback player.

  8. swantsays - May 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    baseball is a game of adjustments.

    The pitchers have adjusted.

    Ike hasn’t.

    They are going to break him out of the league.

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