Friday, May 4, 2012
Ike Davis: Put the blame on me
By Matt Ehalt
He went hitless at the plate, had an error that sparked Arizona's game-winning rally, and rolled his ankle during an at-bat, bringing back flashbacks to last year's season-ending injury.
Yeah, it was a rough night for Ike Davis as the Mets fell 5-4 to Arizona on Friday.
"It's definitely on me tonight, for sure," Davis said.
It's been a tough year for Davis, one of the Mets' brightest young stars, and Friday night proved to be no respite for him. He's scuffling at the plate, piling up plenty of 0-for nights, and when he has errors in the field, it only compounds the issue.
With the Mets leading 4-2 in the eighth, he was charged with an error for failing to corral a ball hit by Justin Upton. Arizona went on to score three runs in the inning, stunning the Mets by sending them to their fourth straight loss. Davis had made just one error prior.
"It just had a lot of spin and he actually hit it decently hard," Davis said. "It just spun to the outside and I thought I was going to be able to get in front of it, but it kept spinning so I didn't have enough room to catch it."
At the dish, it didn't get any better. In a scary moment for Davis, he rolled his ankle while grounding out to second in the second inning. Last season, Davis' season was cut short after damaging cartilage in his left ankle following a collision in May.
He didn't run to first base, nervous about what might have been done. Thankfully for Davis, his ankle is fine and he said that he just tweaked it a little. He played the remainder of the game at first base and said it was a relief that everything checked out.
"For sure," Davis said. "As soon as I did it and I felt pain, I was a little scared, for sure. It's fine. It's like it should've been last year."
By going 0-for-4 Friday, Davis saw his average plummet to .172. The first baseman feels he's hit the ball decent, although there hasn't been much to show for it. He can't find the holes in the defense and even swung at a pitch that hit him in the leg, a first for him.
Manager Terry Collins said Davis has to keep grinding and figure out a way to get himself out of this slump. The manager believes it may be a result of Davis having just 129 at-bats during last year's injury-shortened season, when he played just 36 games.
"I think what we're seeing is the result of a guy that got maybe 130 major league at-bats last year when he should have had 500," Collins said. "I think he's searching. He saw swinging so good when he got hurt but there's no substitute for playing time."
As he answered questions after the game, Davis seemed frustrated about his night, and his season in general. He believes he's been able to leave his struggles at the park, using that short-term memory a player needs.
Especially in times like this.
"Obviously when I have days like this, we have to talk about it again," Davis said, "but hopefully I will stop having days like this."