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Ike's slump cures: Early BP and a clean shave

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (April 20, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Ike Davis entered the day hitting just .063. And while a four-game sample size is hardly worth getting worked up about, the Mets first baseman has taken some steps to be proactive about avoiding another early-season slump.

On Friday, he took early batting practice. And now on Saturday comes word that he's taken another step. According to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com, Davis is shaving his beard before today's game against the Marlins.

Surely, it can't hurt for Davis, who is 1-for-16 with his only hit coming on his Opening Day homer off the Padres' Clayton Richard.

Perhaps shaving the beard actually changes Davis' early-season mojo. But even if it doesn't, manager Terry Collins doesn't seem to think that a day out of the lineup will bring Davis closer to a solution.

With the Mets scheduled to face righthanders on Sunday and Monday, Collins intends to keep Davis' powerful lefty bat in the lineup. The Mets face Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee on Tuesday, which Collins said is a possible day off for Davis, though it didn't sound like his first choice.

"This time of year, one of the only ways to get out of it is to get him in there," Collins said of Davis. "If he's searching for his stroke, he's not going to find it in the batting cage. He's going to find it in game situations, as we saw last year."

Tags: Ike Davis , Mets

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