Ike thrilled to cross Mendoza line


PHOENIX -- Ike Davis isn't going to lie: Shedding the "1" as the first numeral of his batting average feels good.


Ike Davis has dramatically improved his production since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 9.

Davis went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, one intentional, to lift his average to .203 as the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, Saturday night at Chase Field.

"It's good to see," said Davis, an Arizona State product who is staying at home during the series. "Being under the Mendoza line is not the best thing in the world. But I'm hitting better as of late and getting on base a lot. It is nice to see .200 on the board. I haven't been there all year. Hopefully I can keep climbing."

Davis enjoyed the home cooking last year, too. He had a three-homer game on July 28, 2012 in Phoenix.

"I had a good time last year here and I had a good game today," Davis said. "Hopefully I can have one tomorrow, too."

Since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas, Davis is hitting .300 (24-for-80) with 25 walks.

"Earlier I wasn't in a position to hit," Davis said. "I had two hits today from them throwing pitches over the plate. Earlier I would miss those. If you give them more chances to hit a corner, you're going to obviously have bad games. Me being able to hit the pitch when they miss and throw it over the middle is why I'm walking more."