During his current 2-for-44 stretch, there must have been numerous occasions when Ike Davis felt as if he were on his backside. Turns out, he thinks that might be the solution to his hitting woes.
Davis took a new approach to the plate with him Saturday, trying to stay on his back side more.
"We looked at video and saw that my back leg was leaking forward right from the get-go, so I'm losing all my power that way," he said. "If I can stay back and stay on my leg a little longer, I'll have more pop. I've hit a couple balls to the track which, normally, if I hit 'em, it goes out. So hopefully next time I hit the ball good, it goes over the fence."
The tweak delivered mixed results, with Davis lining a single off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the resumption of Friday night's rain-suspended contest and striking out as a pinch hitter against David Carpenter in the regularly scheduled game.
When Terry Collins was asked if he considered not pinch hitting Davis to allow him to sit on his earlier success, he replied with a flat "No."
"I could have hit John Buck, but if I was Ike Davis, I would have taken that as a bit of an insult," he said. "I thought he was the right guy to send up there. And also, if he's working on something and he looked good in the first game, why not get him up there in the second game?"
Davis somewhat acknowledged that perception and criticism have been factors in why he's made some of his adjustments. "When you struggle, you try a lot of things," he said. "If you don't try a lot of things, you're labeled as not trying. If you work too hard, you start thinking about too much stuff, trying too much stuff. But you have to, 'cause if you don't do anything, it looks like you're not trying."
Either way, for Davis, these are trying times.