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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Davis: 'I let the team down'

By Matt Ehalt

New spot in the order.

Same bad results for Ike Davis.

After being moved up to cleanup Sunday, Davis went 0-for-4 with a critical strikeout in the Mets' 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh. With the Mets trailing 3-2 in the eighth and runners on the corners with one out, Davis struck out and the Mets did not end up scoring that inning.

"Definitely let the team down for sure. That's an at-bat, I have to come through, and I didn't do that today," Davis said. "Definitely let the team down today but I'll have more chances this year and hopefully I can capitalize on those opportunities."

Mets manager Terry Collins moved Davis up to the cleanup spot in order to put his run producers in better spots to deliver in hopes of galvanizing a dormant open. Davis had recently been batting seventh due to his struggles, as he's now hitting .180.

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Ike Davis was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Mets' loss.
The move didn't ignite his bat and he once again heard a chorus of boos after making outs. In that eighth-inning at-bat, Davis fell behind and then chased a 1-2 curveball in the dirt for the second out.

The first baseman said his swing is fine, but he needs to stop pressing with two strikes.

"I have to produce more or I won't play on this level," Davis said. "I was slotted in the four hole at the beginning of the year for a reason and it's the type of player I can be, I just haven't done it this year so far. It's also a sign they do believe in me and hopefully in the future I start coming through."

Davis struggled early in the season last year and there was a discussion about sending him to the minors, which never happened. As Davis has issues again this year, the team could once again think about going down that road, although Davis doesn't believe the team views that as the answer.

"I wouldn't think they would just because of last year, they know that when I start playing well I can actually contribute and be a big factor in the game. Still got time," Davis said. "It's not just having a good day (and then) having a bad day. I need to start stringing good days together."

Collins said he's not going to make changes to his new lineup, even after Davis' rough afternoon.

"It's a work in progress," Collins said. "The dynamics of it, we'll have much more answered by the end of the week and see what happens."

TOO MANY STRIKEOUTS: Seeing his team strikeout 26 times in two games had Collins puzzled about what needs to be done for his squad to find ways to put the ball in play. The Mets struck out 16 times Saturday and 10 times Sunday.

"That's a good question. Certainly something we try to address and continue to try to address," Collins said. "If we're going to live by the long ball, we're going to get bit sometimes by what happens when you try to hit homers and that's you're going to strike out."