7 MLB Hitters Who Need to Step Up or Risk Losing Their Starting Spot

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7 MLB Hitters Who Need to Step Up or Risk Losing Their Starting Spot
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The Mets gave the slumping Ike Davis 186 at-bats before sending him to Triple-A.

The Mets finally demoted Ike Davis to the minors after his 0-for-3 performance on June 9 dropped his batting average to .161 with five homers, 16 walks and 66 strikeouts in 186 at-bats. If this sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that.

Interestingly, he was hitting .158 with five homers, 18 walks and 59 strikeouts in 183 at-bats on June 8 of last season. They stuck with him, and he hit .265 with 27 homers and 69 runs batted in over his final 100 games. Apparently, they didn't think lightning would strike twice. Or maybe they wanted to find out if June 9 would be the magical day when he turned it around once again.

It wasn't, and they'd seen enough. 

Here are eight other struggling hitters who could join Davis in Triple-A, or at least find themselves on the bench, if they can't turn things around in the near future. 

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