06/19/12 12:08 AM ET
Davis continues his surge with first slam
By Adam Rosenbloom / MLB.com
"I just thought they were cheering still from the home run, because I've never had it done," Davis said. "R.A. [Dickey] was like, 'Hey, you've got to get out there.' So he gave me his helmet and I went out there and did it."
And he couldn't have picked a more appropriate teammate's helmet to use.
But even on a night where Dickey was brilliant again -- aside from tossing his second consecutive one-hitter, the right-hander extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 42 2/3 innings -- Davis still got plenty of love from the 29,014 fans at Citi Field, and he couldn't have been more appreciative.
"They've been behind me the whole year," he said. "Even when I wasn't doing anything, I was hitting .120 and striking out every at-bat, they still were cheering for me."
But Davis, who was mired in a career-worst slump, has finally turned a corner as of late. His grand slam in the sixth inning extended his hitting streak to nine games, a season high, and the first baseman is hitting .462 (12-for-26) during the span.
Davis said he won't officially be out of the slump until the season ends, but did acknowledge it's easier to play the game when "when you're actually doing stuff."
"I just honestly want to help the team win every day," he said. "I don't need the personal stats. I just like to feel a part of the team, and obviously at the beginning of the year I wasn't helping at all. Lately I've started to help the team more, and that's the biggest thing."
With Dickey's stellar outing, the Mets didn't need a grand slam to win, but the extra pop certainly didn't hurt.
"When you're going through what Ike's going through this part of the season, to get the hit to win the game has got to lift your spirits," manager Terry Collins said. "It's got to lift your confidence up."
Prior to his recent turnaround, Davis had sunk as low as .158 on June 8, and there were thoughts that the only cure was a demotion to the Minors.
But even though the sample size is small, Collins' decision to let his first baseman ride it out has seemingly, and finally, worked.
"At the time, we were winning with Ike Davis at first base, because he brings something to the table," Collins said. "I've talked to two managers in the last two series, and they ask about Ike. And one of the things they brought up -- 'He still scares us to death when he comes to the plate.' And they know he's hitting .165. That's what he brings, and when he gets it going, he's dangerous. And right now, he's getting it going."
Adam Rosenbloom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.