Well, after adding a golden sombrero to his collection, Ike Davis has to be Las Vegas-bound now, right? The problem for the Mets is, assuming they demote their imploding first baseman to Triple-A, another storm should arrive imminently. Just because that’s the way baseball goes, especially in New York. There’s only one way for the Mets to truly escape being consumed by such sagas, and that’s to start winning ballgames regularly. Last night, in a literal storm at Citi Field, the Mets settled for a temporary tie. Pelted by a driving rain, they rallied with a two-run bottom of the eighth to counter the Braves’ two-spot in the top of the inning, and the 5-5 game will resume at 6:10 tonight with the top of the ninth before the Mets and Atlanta kick off their scheduled contest. Whether Davis remains in the game as the first baseman or whether he’ll report immediately to Vegas, we’ll see. But gosh, did he look awful, striking out in all four of his trips to the plate to give him one hit and 18 strikeouts in his last 42 at-bats. “I’m not sure,” manager Terry Collins said, when asked how much longer the Mets could stick with Davis. “Right now, we have to do what’s best for Ike Davis. Because you still have to look at the long term. This guy is too big a piece of our offensive puzzle to continue to struggle like he’s struggling. If we’re going to be a team to contend with, that bat has to be in our lineup, hitting. And right now it’s not.” Davis didn’t make himself available for comment. Remember, before we had the Ike Watch, we endured the ridiculous story of Jordany Valdespin’s styling after a home run and the subsequent chaos — which led to Collins taking on Mets fans. And after Davis’ situation is resolved, another narrative will be waiting. As Collins told reporters during the Valdespin nonsense, the reason he was discussing Valdespin at length was because of the team’s constant losing. Since the Mets play in New York, they’re going to have an intense fan and media following even when they’re both bad and boring, which is very much the case this season. There are newspaper pages, Internet space and radio and television time to fill, and many Mets fans — bless them — are loyal to a fault and can’t just quit watching.
Winning would get flailing Davis off the hook
New York Post | May 25