DENVER -- Don't read too much into Mets manager Terry Collins benching slumping Ike Davis for Friday's series opener in Denver. Davis was back in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies, and will remain there throughout the rest of this road trip -- despite the presence of three left-handed starting pitchers in four upcoming games.
"Ike Davis is going to play," Collins said. "We've got to get him going."
Collins echoed that sentiment to his coaching staff on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, saying how critical Davis is to the team. Outside of a four-game stretch earlier this month that saw him hit all three of his home runs, Davis is batting .080 on the season. He entered Saturday's play in a 2-for-26 funk with 10 strikeouts dating back to April 18.
Regardless, Davis will not skip Sunday's game against Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer, nor next week's games versus Astros lefties J.A. Happ and Wandy Rodriguez.
"We've got to get this guy going, and not playing him is not helping," Collins said. "So we're getting him in there."