The New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has stated his intentions to improve on his recent performances and to secure a spot in the team's starting line-up.
Davis has, for the second consecutive season, failed to produce his best form over the first half of the campaign. He was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas in a bid to improve his form, and though he swung the bat better and his pitch improved, he managed just two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Since his return from the newly promoted side he is at a poor 5-for-26, when compared to fellow first baseman Josh Satin's great performances of late, Davis knows his time is running out at the Mets unless he can improve.
“All I have to worry about is playing better,” Davis told the New York Post. “If I play better, I’ll obviously have a spot in the line-up.
"It all depends on who’s playing well, and who they see is going to be the future guy who is going to play,” said Davis. “It’s really not up to us. All we can control is our performance.”
Going by that, Satin is way out in-front in the queue for a first-team spot. He's hitting .361 since signing for the Mets and has often sparked the offence with his fantastic ability to get a base.
Although, Davis is confident his stint in Las Vegas has benefited his game as he got the chance to relax and work with hitting coach George Greer.
“I got closer to where I needed to be,” said Davis. “I’ve been walking, hitting some balls hard that just aren’t finding holes. I feel better at the plate, which is a big thing.
“I just want to play better and prove that I am a decent big leaguer."
The first baseman will be hoping for a better second-half of the season for the Mets as he looks to secure his long-term future with the club.
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