(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets are off to a surprisingly well start to the 2012 season, but the same can not be said for first baseman Ike Davis. Davis has had such a hard time finding his stroke at the plate, it was rumored the team would send him down to Triple-A. As it turns out, those reports will stay as just rumors as Davis isn’t going anywhere.
Davis was expected to have a break-out season with the Mets and help replace the offense left vacated by shortstop Jose Reyes. Despite the expectations, Davis is hitting just .164 with five home runs and an on-base percentage of just .218.
“This game’s all about confidence,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It’s all about believing in yourself. When you’re going through a slump like Ike is, you lose that confidence, you lose how you feel about things. It wears on you. He’s not sleeping well. So I thought one of the things we’d try to do is make sure he understands we believe in him. We trust him. He’s an outstanding player. We told him he’s the first baseman.”
Before suffering an injury that cost him all but 36 games last season, Davis hit .302 with seven home runs and 25 RBI’s.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN