Ike Davis has struck out just 12.5 percent of his plate appearances this season, compared to 23.9 percent career average.
Davis said he is no longer trying to hit a home run on every pitch. Instead, he only looks for pitches in the zone that he can square up on.
“I’m trying to use my hands better and see the ball longer,” he explained to MetsBlog’s Robert Brender this past weekend in Los Angeles. “I wanted to cut down on my strike outs and square up some more balls, and so far I’ve done it. I’m trying to be more relaxed, not so tense, free and easy, and not chasing stuff.”
Davis is batting .211 with a .375 OBP, one home run and three RBI in 24 plate appearances this season.