The Mets have discussed demoting Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin, team sources told Andy Martino of the Daily News.
Davis has just one hit in his last 34 plate appearances, during which he has struck out 13 times.
“The game is really built on momentum and confidence,” Davis said. “I just haven’t had a lot of things go right for me for things to take off.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Tejada is in a terrible slump, but he’s a mostly sound player who probably needs the opportunity to dig himself out. In regards to Valdespin, I’m not sure the argument for sending down a guy who is never given a chance to consistently play anyway…
As for Ike, he ended April and started May making good contact, though his hits feel for mostly singles. Now those balls are being hit right at the opposition, and he’s become a total mess because of it; and on Monday it looked to be infiltrating his defense, as he looked totally confused on the play with Joey Votto at first base.
The Mets can keep stalling, but it’s pretty clear he needs to be demoted soon. I was all for waiting him out, hoping he’d turn things around like he did after a similarly bad start last year. But now this looks totally different. Last year he looked and acted confident, even affable, as if he knew he’d eventually snap back. This year, he looks like a totally different cat. He seems frustrated, distracted and unsure of himself. He looks like a guy who needs a mental break. He needs time in Triple-A, away from the media, away from the fans, away from the question about when he’s going to be better, so he can relax, find his swing get back to being the player needed in this lineup and in the future.
He didn’t hit 32 home runs last year by accident. He’s a talented hitter with great defensive skills. The Mets need to know if he can be that player again, or if they have to add first base to the already-crowded list of positions in need of an upgrade this winter.