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Struggles spill into field for Mets' Davis

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NEW YORK -- Things continue to devolve for New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, whose offensive slump has begun spilling into his defense.

Davis actually reached base twice in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Reds, but committed a key blunder on defense when he pulled back his glove on Brandon Phillips' bouncing ball down the line. The first baseman said he thought the ball was foul, and was trying to prove it to umpire Phil Cuzzi.

"It's in my head that was the right play to do and it didn't happen to go my way," Davis said. "If I catch the ball, we're not turning two and we're not getting the guy at home. I guess we could have turned two, but the guy would have still scored. I thought if I let it go, it would be obvious that it was foul."

It was just the latest in a series of defensive mistakes that Davis has made over the past week. In Monday's game, the first baseman inadvertently blocked Joey Votto's path around the bases, resulting in a costly obstruction call. Davis also misplayed a Ruben Tejada throw over the weekend in Chicago.

He has been so unlike himself with the glove that manager Terry Collins recently met with Davis to discuss his defense.

"It was addressed before today, so I do not think it's part of what's going on," Collins said of ensuring that his offense does not affect his defense. "When you're as good as he is and you go through a tough spell, the ball in Chicago, which he usually gobbles up, the ball today, it's just so not him that it's easy to think he's taking his offense into the field, but I don't think that's the case."

Either way, Davis will not stay in the big leagues much longer if he does not start hitting. He finished Wednesday's game in a 1-for-38 slump, numbers that include an 0-for-25 stretch with runners in scoring position, and the Mets have at least discussed the possibility of sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"This is absolutely baffling to everybody," Collins said. We base what we're doing on the fact that we're looking down the road. We're trying to look at the big picture here. We've got to get this guy going, because we've got to figure out where he's going to fit."

Davis' one solace is that his teammates are still supporting him.

"I'd probably be in Triple-A already if my teammates did not have confidence and want me to be here," Davis said. "They're a huge part of why I come in every day with a positive attitude, and try to work and help them."
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