Davis 'off and running' with renewed confidence

Davis 'off and running' with renewed confidence

NEW YORK -- Manager Terry Collins played the matchup game with his lineup Saturday and sat Ike Davis against Padres lefty Clayton Richard, but a pinch-hit double for Davis has Collins believing the first baseman is finally on track.

Davis doubled to left field in the eighth inning of Saturday's 9-0 win, driving in a run for his fifth RBI in the past three games. He is 3-for-5 with a pair of pinch-hits in the three-game stretch since he was told he did not have to worry about a Minor League assignment after recording only 23 hits through his first 42 games.

"I credit [general manager Sandy Alderson] for sticking by his guns, and I think this kid just got his confidence back," Collins said after Saturday's game. "I think Ike Davis is right now off and running."

Davis downplayed it, repeating that it was only one at-bat, but he did concede he is more confident after starting his season in an unrelenting slump.

"I'm feeling better and getting a couple of hits, but it's one at-bat," Davis said. "We've got months ahead."

Collins said that, when it comes to Davis, he would consider the matchups, which dictated a start on the bench against Richard, who held left-handed batters to a .167 average entering Saturday's game. But Collins said before the game Davis will play the next two days against Padres righty Edinson Volquez and Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.