NEW YORK -- Though he showed signs of life on the Mets' first road trip this season, Ike Davis took an 0-for-5 in Friday night's home loss to the Giants. The first baseman has still not put his early-season slump behind him.
Davis entered Saturday afternoon's game hitting .140 with a .204 on-base percentage. In the eyes of manager Terry Collins, Davis is close, but not quite right at the plate.
"I know that he's been working," Collins said before Saturday's game. "He's been out early. He hit early on the road, he hit early again yesterday. We're trying to get him going. As I told him, I'd move him to get him to relax, but I don't have anyone else to put in [the cleanup] spot right now."
Davis started the season hitless in his first 18 at-bats, and he entered Saturday with seven hits in 50 at-bats. He hit three home runs in the trip to Philadelphia and Atlanta, but he has no other extra-base hits this season. In facing the Giants, Davis may find ending his slump especially difficult. The Giants have finished first or second in team ERA in each of the past three seasons.
"One of the things, when you face the Giants, you're facing good pitching," Collins said. "And good pitching is going to, a lot of times, get good hitting out."
Davis continues to look for something close to what he displayed in 36 games last year before an ankle injury ended his season in May. Before going on the disabled list, he posted a .302 average with a .383 on-base percentage.
"We've just got to be patient with him," Collins said. "I think eventually and very soon, he's going to start doing some damage."