Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ike gets big hit but plans to bunt more
By Kieran Darcy
Ike Davis did a little bit of everything in the Mets' 4-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday.
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis' roller-coaster season continued Tuesday night.
Davis went 1-for-4, including an embarrassing bunt, a strikeout with a runner on base, and grounding into a double play. But he also had the biggest hit of the night -- a double off the wall in right field in the sixth inning to break up a 1-1 tie in an eventual 4-1 Mets victory over the Braves.
He also had a double on Monday. These are his first two extra-base hits since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 5. Davis' batting average on the season is .178, but he is hitting .257 since returning to the big leagues.
"It definitely feels great to get [a hit], off a curveball, and to get the winning run across the plate," Davis said. "And to drive the ball -- I hadn’t driven the ball in a while."
"It probably means even more -- the fact that he got a pitch that he could handle, even though it was a curveball, got it up, took a good swing at it," manager Terry Collins said. "Again, these are all confidence-building things. The more confidence he gets, the more dangerous he becomes."
But Davis heard plenty of boos Tuesday night, too, particularly after his surprising bunt attempt in the bottom of the second. There was one out and no runners on base. The Braves had a shift on, so Davis tried to lay a bunt down for a base hit, but he hit it right back to the pitcher instead.
He has only five home runs on the season, but Davis hit 32 long balls in 2012. Power hitters don't normally bunt, but Davis said he plans to try doing it more this again.
"I mean, I get out a lot anyway, so might as well give it a try," Davis said, with a wry smile. "If I get it down in the right spot, it’s a hit. I’m definitely gonna try to do that more often."
"Ike’s just trying to get on base," Collins said. "And I will tell you, he’s gonna see [the shift] again, and if you wanna bunt, go ahead and bunt."
"I understand the whole philosophy of it," the manager added. "[But] it was done by him. If I ever ask Ike Davis to bunt, come down and get me."
As for the boos, Davis sounds resigned to hearing them at this point.
"The crowd gets on me no matter what," Davis said. "If I take a strike, they boo. It doesn’t really matter. It was a smart attempt. I just didn’t execute the bunt."
"I’m just going with, I’m an away player now," Davis added, chuckling, "so it doesn’t really affect me."