ST. LOUIS -- Despite massive struggles that have made him a drain on the lineup, Mets first baseman Ike Davis is in no immediate danger of a demotion.
The team has yet to enter into serious discussions about sending Davis down, according to people familiar with the team's thinking, believing that he earned a pass with his torrid second half a year ago.
But the patient approach has yielded little in the way of production for Davis, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.
"[Thursday] was an awful day," said Davis, who is batting .157 after going hitless in his last 22 at-bats. "Obviously, it's not good to strike out four times in any game, so definitely a bad day.''
Earlier this week, manager Terry Collins moved Davis back into the cleanup spot, but he has been rewarded with only a handful of loud outs.
"I told him you know what, just keep working on it," Collins said. "Get to the weekend. We're going into a place where we're going to need him to hit. If the weather's good, we need to get him going."
Collins said he will keep Davis in the fourth spot against the Cubs.
Davis' lack of production in the middle of the order has helped to short-circuit the Mets' lineup. Entering play Thursday, Davis had knocked in only 6 percent of runners on base, the eighth-worst total in baseball among hitters with at least 100 plate appearances.
In Collins' view, Davis has been particularly susceptible to off-speed pitches, of which he has been given a "steady diet."
Davis said he can combat the breaking pitches -- especially with two strikes on him -- by not missing fastballs to drive earlier in the count.
"I've just got to put that ball in play when I get a pitch that I can handle," Davis said. "I'm fouling it back or not being on time for it, so I've got to change that and have a good series in Chicago."