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."

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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."