Mets looking for Davis to take power approach

Mets looking for Davis to take power approach

Mets looking for Davis to take power approach
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis changed his batting-practice approach in an attempt to break out of a persisting season-long slump, and the results showed when Davis took a "tremendous" early batting practice Saturday at Yankee Stadium, according to manager Terry Collins.

"He's not a singles hitter," Collins said about Davis. "That's what I thought we tried to do to him in Toronto and Pittsburgh. I thought we tried to make him into something he wasn't. I want him to get in the batter's box, and I want him to stay aggressive, and I want him to get a good swing on the ball.

"He's going to make a career here driving in runs, not getting on base and scoring runs. His batting practices have been adjusted to 'Let's work on getting the bat out in front and try to hit the ball [into] the seats.'"

The first baseman entered Saturday having gone deep five times this season with 21 RBIs in 56 games after hitting seven homers and driving in 25 runs in only 36 games last season. He debuted in 2010 -- a year and a half after the Mets drafted him 18th overall out of Arizona State -- and hit 19 home runs with 71 RBIs and a .262 average.

Collins maintained the Mets want the 25-year-old in the big leagues as he attempts to get his bat going. He takes advice from everybody, Collins said, which could be overwhelming, with input coming from every direction.

Davis was in the lineup and hitting sixth Saturday against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, and Collins said the left-handed hitter could remain in the lineup Sunday against lefty Andy Pettitte if he shows signs of coming to life.

"This is the first time he's really failed. This is the first time he's had to deal with tremendous adversity," Collins said. "The game's been somewhat easy for him; he's that talented. One of the things that's going to make him a good Major League player is to learn how to get through this."