Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson have said Ike Davis will get twice as many at-bats this spring as he got last year.
Davis usually begins his offseason hitting in January. This year he started in November.
“Hopefully that will allow me to be a little farther advanced,” he told media in St. Lucie on Friday. “I looked at a lot of film and there were some things that I saw that I wanted to change.”
According to Davis, he was lifting his shoulder and dropping his hands during his swing last season, mostly due to how he pushed off of his back leg, which is something he plans to improve this spring.
Sandy Alderson said last month he expects Davis and Lucas Duda to compete for the starting first base job in camp (SNY, Jan. 30).
“It’s been a competition since we were drafted,” Davis said of competing with Duda. “It’s been a competition every single time you step on the field. It’s not like we can control anything. You’ve just got to go play and see what happens. I love Duda. He likes me. It’s just whatever, you know? You’ve just got to go play.”
In the event the Mets don’t want Davis or Duda on the Opening Day roster, both players can still be sent to Triple-A to start 2014 since they each have an option and would not need to pass through waivers (Rubin, Jan. 21).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
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