Looking to reverse his early fortunes, Mets first baseman Ike Davis took a razor to his beard, hoping that a shave might be enough to revive his slumping bat.
Davis was 2-for-3 to raise his average to .158 in the Mets' 7-3 win over the Marlins Saturday, but the solid contact he had hoped for continued to elude him. "They'll start making some mistakes and I'll start hitting some homers," said Davis, who has one in five games.
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He drew a critical distinction between this year's slow start and last year's awful slump. "At least I know that I'll be all right," he said. "Last year, I didn't."
John Buck emerged unscathed after colliding with the Marlins' Juan Pierre during a bizarre play in the seventh inning. Greg Dobbs lined a single to rightfield to drive in Pierre, but rightfielder Mike Baxter threw wide of home and forced Buck to catch the ball about 10 feet to the right of the plate, putting him directly in Pierre's path. Pierre touched the plate and ran into Buck as the catcher tried to throw to second to cut down Dobbs. Dobbs was called out because of Pierre's interference.
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"It's very, very uncharacteristic, so there is a little bit of a concern about what the issues are," said Collins, who intends to remain patient with Tejada.