Terry discusses the bullpen, Ike Davis, and Dillon Gee

After tonight’s 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Terry Collins had the following to say about:

The bullpen’s struggles:

“[The walks] stick out the most. … The bases on balls out of the pen have certainly come back to bite us.”

Ike Davis’ ankle and his struggles:

“His ankle is fine. He just twisted it trying to get out of the box. … He’s struggling a little bit. I’ve thought he’s taken better swings lately. He said he’s seeing the ball pretty good. he likes the changes he’s made at the plate. Eventually he’s going to get it going.”

Ike’s psyche:

“These players can get down on themselves like anybody. Ike’s a real proud guy, he’s not happy with what’s going on. But you know what? This is the big leagues. And you have to learn how to grind it out. … You have to figure out what adjustments you have to make in order to get going at this level. Nobody should have to go through a rough time but, maybe when you come out of it, you learn something about yourself.”

The bullpen’s struggles over the last two weeks:

“It comes back to bases on balls. This pen has no history of that. They’ve been going after hitters and pounding the strike zone and making hitters swing the bat, and that’s what made them so effective early. Right now we’re deep in counts, falling behind, and you can’t do that here.”

Davis being rusty after missing most of last year:

“I said that last week, and even before the road trip. I think what we’re seeing is the result of a guy who got a 130 at-bats last year, and he should have gotten 500. I think he’s searching. He was swinging so good when he got hurt, but there’s no substitute for playing time. He’s showing the effects of, in my opinion, not playing enough last year.”

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Collins is also pleased with Dillon Gee’s ability to pitch deep into games, and feels he has shown the ability to get out of tough jams in the later innings as well.