If the Mets are to beat Cliff Lee tonight – the second Phillies’ ace in as many nights – they’ll have to do it without Ike Davis.
Davis is struggling out of the gate, hitting .148 with one homer and showing no signs of breaking out. He’s on the way of repeating last spring, which morphed into a miserable first half.
“I don’t know if I can say I am better for going through that,’’ Davis said during spring training. “But, you do learn that eventually you’ll come out of it. That’s what happened to me.’’Davis had a strong second half to finish with 32 homers; that’s what gives him confidence now.
Tonight is as good a night as any to give Davis a break as he is 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in his career against Lee.
It was suggested in my post earlier today that if Terry Collins needed to adjust his lineup he might consider dropping Daniel Murphy to third and David Wright to fourth.
Instead, Collins chose to keep Murphy and Wright in their respective, two-three slots and pla