After using countless different strategies in hope of finding his swing, Ike Davis might have finally found a way to turn his season around.
"Definitely felt better," Davis said after going 1-for-2 Saturday, his first hit since May 17. "Trying to stay on my backside a little more, a little longer, so I can recognize pitches."
Davis' revamped approach helped him snap an 0-for-17 slide and gave him just his second hit in his past 44 at-bats during the Mets' pair of losses to Atlanta on Saturday at Citi Field. He had a single in the 10th inning of the resumed suspended game and then struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the nightcap.
"As far as what I worked on yesterday and brought into the game, 1-for-2, a good start," Davis said.
In breaking down video, Davis and the Mets staff saw that his back leg kept leaking forward at the beginning of his at-bats, which he said eliminated his power. By staying back on his leg for a little bit longer, he believes it will allow him to have more power. Those balls he's hit to the warning track might suddenly have the juice to clear the deep barriers at Citi Field.
With the Mets trailing 7-5 with a man on first and no outs in the 10th, Davis battled Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel to a 3-2 count before stroking a curveball to left-center field for a single. After hearing boos during almost every recent game from the home crowd, the fans finally cheered Davis for coming through.
Even though the Mets lost, Davis took satisfaction out of that hit.
"Just personally, for getting a hit and a hit against one of the best pitchers in the game," Davis said. "Felt better for sure. Looking forward to playing tomorrow."
Davis didn't start the second game due to the lefty-lefty matchup against Mike Minor but got summoned from the bench with the Mets down 6-0 and two men on with one out in the ninth (he struck out).
"In that particular situation, we're trying to score some runs," Collins said. "I could have hit John Buck, but if I was Ike Davis, I'd have taken that as a bit of an insult. I thought he was the right guy to send up there, and if he's working on something and it looked good the first game, why not put him out there the second game and see if he can continue it?"
While Davis is glad to take a 1-for-2 day into Sunday's series finale, he could have possibly been carrying a 1-for-1 into the game had Collins not pinch-hit him in the ninth. The first baseman didn't mind that he got his chance at the plate.
"It was good to get in there and try my approach," Davis said. "I thought I took two good swings, it was just fastballs at the belt and missed them."