Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Better for Ike: Bench or demotion?
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Before the Mets demoted Ike Davis to Triple-A, the organization considered giving Davis a few days on the bench in hope it would galvanize him.
Ultimately, that plan was scrapped, and Davis is now trying to fix his swing in the minors on the other side of the country.
"In our game, if you're going to work on some things, you got to be able to apply them as fast as you can," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So having him do all that [correction] stuff, which he'll do early, at least he's allowed to take it into the game that night and see how it works."
Davis, who is batting just .161 with five homers, is hoping to fix a hitch in his swing. Collins said one of the benefits of having Davis work on his swing in the minors is the results don't carry nearly the same significance as they do in the majors. Davis went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored on Tuesday night.
"Out in Vegas, he can go 0-for-4 working on his swing and it's just an 0-for-4 as he continues to try to make adjustments. Here, you're a bum because you're 0-for-4. It's a little different situation," Collins said before Wednesday's game against St. Louis. "I thought the way he handled it was perfect. 'I'm going to come down here, I know I'm going to have some struggles as I start to change my swing but it's going to be easier to do it there than it is here.'"
RAIN COMING: The Mets might be rained out Thursday as the forecast for the series finale against St. Louis looks grim. If that happens, Collins said he will push ace Matt Harvey back one day.
The possible change to the rotation could affect who starts in the doubleheader against Atlanta on June 18. The plan, at the moment, is for Harvey to start in the day game and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to start the nightcap.
If Harvey gets pushed back a day, he would have to go on short rest to start against Atlanta, making it more likely the Mets use another starter. Wheeler likely pitches that night no matter what happens Thursday.
BUCK STOP: After an explosive April that had John Buck slugging with the best of baseball, the catcher's production has tapered off.
In April, Buck hit nine homers and drove in 25 RBIs. Since then, he's hitting just .204 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
"I see the same thing that I see out of a lot of guys: that he's trying way too hard," Colins said. "He carried us pretty much on his shoulders that first three weeks with homers and big RBIs, and he's off to a great start, and I think he's tried to sustain it. Ike wasn't hitting, we have a couple of other guys that weren't hitting, and I think John is trying to step up and pick up that big load because he did early. There's no one guy that can do it by himself."