Davis understands being lifted for pinch-hitter

Davis understands being lifted for pinch-hitter

Davis understands being lifted for pinch-hitter
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis took no offense to being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Tuesday, the latest manifestation of his season-long slump.

With the Mets trailing by a run, Davis' lineup spot came up with a man on first base and two outs. As soon as Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen brought in left-hander Mike Dunn to face Davis, Terry Collins countered by replacing his first baseman with Justin Turner.

The move paid off for the Mets, even if it did little for Davis' confidence. Turner walked to extend the rally, and the Marlins eventually walked in the tying run of a 2-1 Mets victory.

"I'm not in a position to put up a fight right now," Davis said afterward. "Obviously I want to hit, but it's his job to win games as a manager."

Davis struck out looking in his first plate appearance Tuesday, marking the ninth time he has done so in 51 at-bats this season. He has struck out 21 times in total, and is 1-for-19 dating back to April 18. Davis also began the season in a 2-for-28 funk, but appeared to break out of it with three home runs over a four-game span last week.

That hot streak did not last, and Davis is now batting .131 with a .185 on-base percentage on the season. Regardless, Collins said after the game that the Mets have not discussed sending their first baseman down to the Minors to address his problems.

"I love Ike Davis," Collins said. "He's going to hit and we're going to put this in our past real soon, because he's going to start hitting the ball like we know he can."