Davis may have hit rock bottom Wednesday, when he committed a costly fielding gaffe that led to three ninth-inning runs for the Cincinnati Reds in their 7-4 win over the Mets. Davis was in position to cleanly field Brandon Phillips' slow roller up the first base line, and perhaps save a run from scoring, but the ball kicked up chalk and Davis appeared to think it would go foul. He failed to lift his glove and the ball bounced over him and into right field as the tie-breaking run scored. Davis also went 0-for-2 with two walks at the plate and is now 1-for-38 in his last 10 games. He is hitting .147 overall with 49 strikeouts in 143 at-bats.
But the Mets have yet to cave, and Alderson indicated over the weekend that he has no deadline in mind to make a demotion. The Mets simply hope that Davis will find his stroke and suddenly bust out of his season-long slump, as he did under similar circumstances last June.
"That's something that certainly we've considered as we sit and talk: what's going to be better for him, what's best for us," Collins said. "Last year because of the way we were playing that -- even though he wasn't swinging -- I wasn't sure what he was going to get out of going to Triple-A."
But unlike last year, the Mets are not winning this year in spite of Davis. Their offense has struggled nightly to produce runs, whether Davis is batting cleanup, sixth or seventh.
"The game is really built on momentum and confidence," Davis said. "I just haven't had a lot of things go right for me to really take off."
NEXT: Friday—Braves (Kris Medlen, 1-5, 3.02) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner, 0-5, 5.00)
RHP Jeremy Hefner will again look to collect his first win of the season when he takes the mound Friday for the Mets in the opener of a three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field. Hefner is one of three pitchers in the National League with an 0-5 record along with teammate Shaun Marcum and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Josh Beckett. Hefner took the loss in his most recent start last Saturday, when he gave up four runs and five hits with two walks and three strikeouts over four innings in the Mets' 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In two previous appearances (one start) against the Braves, Hefner is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA.
RHP Zack Wheeler, the Mets' top prospect, allowed three runs in five innings in his start Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas. Wheeler missed his last start due to mild shoulder inflammation. He is expected to join the Mets at some point in June.
CF Rick Ankiel had one of his best games in years Wednesday, when he went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits and two RBIs in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Ankiel had an RBI double in the first, a double in the third and a game-tying RBI triple off the left field wall in the seventh. It was the fourth time in his career he's had three extra base hits but the first time since June 10, 2009, when he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Ankiel signed with the Mets on May 13 and is hitting .323 with seven extra-base hits and eight strikeouts in 31 at-bats after hitting .194 with eight extra-base hits and 35 strikeouts in 62 at-bats with the Astros.
RHP Matt Harvey had what amounted to his worst start as a big leaguer Wednesday, when he allowed a career-high nine hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey preserved his unbeaten record, though, when the Mets came back to tie the game in the seventh. Harvey walked three and struck out six while throwing 116 pitches, his second-most of the season. He had allowed three runs or less in 16 straight starts, the longest active streak in the bigs and the fourth-longest streak in Mets history. Harvey allowed more than three earned runs just once in his first 19 career starts. He gave up five runs against the San Diego Padres in his third career outing last Aug. 5. Despite his "struggles" Wednesday, Harvey still possesses a 1.93 ERA and an 0.83 ERA.
1B Ike Davis may have hit rock bottom Wednesday, when he committed a costly fielding gaffe that led to three ninth-inning runs for the Reds in their 7-4 win over the Mets. Davis was in position to cleanly field Brandon Phillips' slow roller up the first base line, and perhaps save a run from scoring, but the ball kicked up chalk and Davis appeared to think it would go foul. He failed to lift his glove and the ball bounced over him and into right field as the tie-breaking run scored. Davis also went 0-for-2 with two walks at the plate and is now 1-for-38 in his last 10 games. He is hitting .147 overall with 49 strikeouts in 143 at-bats.
"It's the way things have been going, And that just typifies everything that's happened."—Manager Terry Collins after a loss Wednesday.
RHP Scott Atchison (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14.
RHP Jeurys Familia (right biceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9.
RHP Frank Francisco (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He began a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on April 17. He sat out two weeks before resuming action for St. Lucie on May 5. He threw a scoreless inning for St. Lucie on May 9—his third scoreless outing in a span of four days—but he didn't pitch again the next two weeks.
RHP Jenrry Mejia (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 13. He completed a four-week throwing program, and he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie in mid-May.
LHP Johan Santana (torn left shoulder capsule) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 6. He underwent season-ending surgery April 2.
LHP Pedro Feliciano (left shoulder surgery in September 2011) began pitching for Class A St. Lucie on April 15, with the goal of increasing arm strength. He isn't on the Mets' disabled list, as he signed a minor league contract in February. He suffered another setback May 9 when he was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Class A St. Lucie due to a lingering bout of food poisoning. Feliciano first got sick in late April and has officially been diagnosed with ciguatera, a form of fish food poisoning.
LHP Tim Byrdak (left shoulder surgery in September 2012) re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal. He might miss the entire season.
LHP Jon Niese
RHP Matt Harvey
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Jeremy Hefner
RHP Shaun Marcum
RHP Bobby Parnell (closer)
RHP Brandon Lyon
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Scott Rice
RHP Greg Burke
LHP Robert Carson
RHP Collin McHugh
1B Ike Davis
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Ruben Tejada
3B David Wright
INF Justin Turner
LF Lucas Duda
CF Jordany Valdespin
RF Marlon Byrd
OF Juan Lagares
OF Mike Baxter
OF Rick Ankiel