The New York Mets were so fed up with the struggles of Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada that they were prepared to demote the duo to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees, according to multiple reports.
Faced with the pressure on Wednesday night of playing for their roster spots, both delivered keys hits in yet another shocking victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.
Tejada led off the game with a sharp single, snapping an 0-for-12 skid, and scored from first on Daniel Murphy’s double to deep right-center field. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Davis worked an 0-2 count full and ripped a single past shortstop Reid Brignac into left field to score John Buck and Rick Ankiel. Davis’ hit gave the Amazin’s a 5-0 lead and knocked out Yankees starter David Phelps in an eventual 9-4 Mets win.
Davis, 26, went 2-for-5, giving him just his fifth multi-hit game of the season. Tejada, 23, meanwhile, was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. In the bottom of the ninth, Tejada slid awkwardly while chasing a Brignac pop-up in foul territory near the left field line. He remained in the game for one more batter, throwing out pinch hitter David Adams after a ground ball to shortstop, but then left the game.
Tejada is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a quadriceps injury. His likely replacement figures to be Omar Quintanilla, who was pulled from the Las Vegas 51s game on Wednesday night after three innings, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Tejada told reporters following the game that both the injury and his performance are cause for concern.
"I do know that I haven't performed the way I expected, and I have not had the kind of season I would have liked,” Tejada said, as reported by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “But I'm focused on working hard, because that is all I have control of. Now, I am worried about this injury, any injury is worrisome, and particularly when I have been given a chance to be an everyday player, but we will handle it the right way and take all precautions necessary."
Davis’ performance, on the other hand, was a step in the right direction and good enough to draw praise from manager Terry Collins.
“You have to root for him,” Collins said, as reported by Brian Heyman of The Journal News. “He’s a tremendous guy. … If he’s now out of his slump, if he’s moving forward, we’ll be a better team. I think David (Wright) said it best the other day: If we’re going to have to chance to win here, and that means this year, Ike Davis needs to be in the middle of the lineup.”
Davis entered Wednesday batting just .152, the second-lowest average among qualified hitters for the batting title (four points higher than B.J. Upton’s .148), with four home runs and 11 RBI. During his previous 10 games, he hit .121 (4-for-33) with 18 strikeouts. He was for 0-for-6 with five strikeouts during the two games against the Yankees at Citi Field on Monday and Tuesday.
As for Tejada, he entered Wednesday’s game batting .209 on the year, with no homers and 10 RBI. Tejada, known for his glove, has also committed eight errors, the most in the majors at his position. He was 0-for-8 during the two games against the Yankees at Citi Field.
In a rebuilding year, the Mets – winners of a season-best four consecutive games – thought Davis and Tejada were going to be two of their core players for the foreseeable future.
Only time will tell if Davis and Tejada will remain with the big league club for the remainder of the season.
Justin Silberman is a journalism and new media major at Towson University, located in Baltimore, and true Mets fan.