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Mets | Ike Davis to remain in cleanup spot

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said struggling 1B Ike Davis will remain in the cleanup spot this weekend, at least until Sunday, May 19, when they face a left-handed pitcher. Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Thursday, May 16, to drop his average to .157. He is hitless in his last 22 at-bats. "Through this weekend," Collins said. "I told him last week that this week, when we play against right-handed pitchers, he's going to hit fourth. That's where he belongs. And that's where he's supposed to hit." Collins said opposing pitchers are feeding Davis with plenty of offspeed pitches, but Davis said he's struggling because he's missing fastballs early in the count.

Fantasy Tip: Davis is severely testing Collins' and fantasy owners' patience. He's notoriously a slow starter in April, but now his slump has leaked into mid-May, and he hasn't shown any signs of turning it around. In shallow leagues, it's worth considering dropping him for better options. Mitch Moreland and James Loney are a few peaking first basemen, for example. In deeper leagues, he needs to be benched for the forseeable future.

2013-05-16 15:07:30 | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin

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