Ike Davis Adjusting To New Bench Role
In his career, Ike Davis has played 450 games, starting 404 of them - or 89.8 percent. That number grows lower by the day as the Mets continue to use him in his new role this year as a bat off the bench.
Lucas Duda has been awarded the starting first job so far this year and it has left Davis to spot start and to be used regularly as a pinch hitter. It's a job he's had some success with so far, going 2-for-4 as a pinch hitter, including a game-winning grand slam.
Mets manager Terry Collins likes what he has seen from Davis thus far as he understands the difficulty of the job that asks these guys to pick up the rhythm of the game in their fist at-bat even though their swings may not be best suited for that.
Source: Mike Vorkunov (NJ.com)