Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/21/12
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said last weekend that he was going to "wring the rag dry" with first baseman Ike Davis, giving Davis as many opportunities as possible to avoid a demotion to the minors. But after initially saying that Davis would play all three games of this week's series in Pittsburgh, Collins benched him Monday against left-hander Erik Bedard, citing Bedard's strong splits against lefty hitters as justification. The Mets lost, 5-4, with Davis striking out twice in two at-bats off the bench. "When you've got a guy who's dominating left-handed hitters and you've got a guy who's struggling, that's a bad match," Collins said, in reference to Bedard and Davis. "The worst thing I want to do is put this guy in a situation where he's going to fail." Davis should play Tuesday and Wednesday against right-handed starters, but is running out of time to improve his .161 average, .218 on-base percentage and .299 slugging mark through 40 games. Much as the Marlins and ...
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