May 12, 2013; Queens, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) reacts after striking out in the eighth inning with two men on base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Mets May Demote Ike Davis After Braves Series

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Talk about a put up or shut up scenario.

Maybe the New York Mets are attempting to light a fire under struggling first baseman Ike Davis or maybe they’ve tired of his sluggish game, but either way it appears he has three games to change their minds.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, if Davis continues to struggle this weekend, it’s quite possible he’ll be in AAA come Monday morning:

So we asked several people with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking, and received the same response from three sources: The team will not option its flailing first baseman on Thursday or Friday, although one source said, “maybe after the weekend.”

Davis, at one time thought of an a plus prospect, had a fine rookie season in 2010 and that continued into a shortened 2011. But despite clubbing 32 home runs last year, he struggled with the bat, hitting only .227, though I’m sure the Mets would more than welcome that compared to his current .147 average.

Confidence issues aside, the Mets have given Davis plenty of time to right his ship and given he’s currently marred in a 1 for 38 slump, he doesn’t appear ready to come out of his funk anytime soon.

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