The Mets are proving to be very gracious hosts for any visitor.
Rollins looks to continue his success in Flushing and help the Philadelphia Phillies gain ground in the wild-card race in the middle game of this series Tuesday night.
Rollins has a .333 average in his last 38 meetings with the Mets (66-81), hitting .358 with 14 RBIs and 14 runs in 19 visits to Citi Field.
In seven games there this year, the shortstop is 11 for 29 with two homers, while driving in eight runs and scoring another eight times.
That impressive production continued in the opener of this series Monday, when Rollins connected for a solo homer and scored twice in a 3-1 victory. Cliff Lee allowed one run in eight innings after the Phillies dropped three of four at Houston.
"We bounced back," manager Charlie Manuel said. "You get that kind of pitching, it's not that hard."
Philadelphia (74-74) could surely use another strong effort from Rollins since it's 3 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card position. However, it's one of five teams within 4 1/2 games of the Cardinals.
Two more against New York may be just what the Phillies need.
The Mets have dropped nine of 10 overall, and are a woeful 4-23 in their past 27 home games. They're averaging 2.15 runs while hitting .223 during that stretch as host.
Rookie Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95 ERA) is looking to capitalize on punchless New York.
The right-hander made his major league debut against the Mets on Aug. 29, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 3-2 loss at home.
Cloyd followed that up by getting his first win at Cincinnati on Sept. 3, but he's surrendered seven runs and 12 hits over seven innings in two outings since.
Another loss will clinch the Mets' fourth consecutive losing season, their longest such streak since a six-year run from 1991-96.
Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92) will try to stave off that eventuality as he goes for another victory opposite Cloyd. The rookie yielded two runs with six strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings Aug. 29.
This meeting is expected to be the right-hander's final appearance of the season as the Mets are keeping him on an innings limit.
Harvey could use some help from his teammates if his season is going to end with a victory. He can't be blamed for losing his last two outings since the offense has failed to generate a run of support, while he's yielded four runs and fanned 14 in 10 innings.
Harvey battled through 106 pitches in five innings Wednesday, but allowed one run and struck out 10 in a 2-0 defeat to Washington.
It seems manager Terry Collins has seen enough for Harvey to start 2013 in the Mets' rotation.
"I don't think there's any more that I need to see," Collins told the team's official website. "There's always room for improvement, as we know ... but he has shown us so much."
|September 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 31, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Torn meniscus in right knee|
|August 29, 2012||Cole Hamels||Day-to-Day||Gastrointestinal illness|
|August 29, 2012||Vance Worley||15-Day DL||Loose bodies in right elbow|
|August 28, 2012||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - left knee soreness|
|August 24, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|New York Mets|
|September 12, 2012||Ronny Cedeno||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 07, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left knee bruise|
|August 18, 2012||Johan Santana||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 15, 2012||Rob Johnson||60-Day DL||Torn ligament, left thumb|
|August 02, 2012||Tim Byrdak||60-Day DL||Sore left shoulder|
|July 31, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Strained right thumb|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ike Davis has no idea what all the fuss is about.
The New York Mets ' first baseman responded Tuesday to an ESPNNewYork.com report that said, citing an anonymous baseball source, the team will consider trading him this offseason in part because of concerns that he's resistant to coaching and stays out too late.
"I don't really have an answer for that because it's never been an issue. I've never done anything wrong," Davis told reporters. "I show up to the field ready to play every day. I really don't even know where it's coming from and it's not really true."
Davis said he's never had a meeting with the Mets about his nightlife, and the criticism came "out of the blue."
"It's hard to answer questions when no one can say who it was or why they even said it," Davis explained. "I don't know if it's a cheap shot. It's falsely accused, I guess. But it just comes out of nowhere and it happens to athletes like this. A rumor, or something said, and it's blown out of proportion, so you really can't do anything about it."
Mets manager Terry Collins defended Davis, saying there's no way he could have played 141 games already this season if he was partying too hard all the time.
Collins hinted that such behavior was more common in baseball 20 years ago - before there was testing for amphetamines - but now players can't simply "fix it" if they're tired or have a hangover.
"There's not a coach in that office, not the manager, the front office, that has ever brought up a problem with Ike Davis ," Collins said. "So that is as far from the truth as anything I've ever read.
"I just want to make sure everybody understands - we're behind Ike Davis 100 percent. I don't want this to ever be a defamation on his character. He's a stand-up guy. Matter of fact, speaks the truth above and beyond the need for it," he added.
Davis, who played only 36 games last season because of an ankle injury, was confounded by the whole thing.
"I don't know what `late' is because when you leave the ballpark at 12, you get back to your place at 12:30, you watch a movie, it's 2:30. Is that late?" he said. "It's up to everyone to decide what late is. If I had a job where I had to wake up at 6 in the morning it might be late, but it's not. So our lifestyle is a little different."
Davis was penciled in to bat cleanup Tuesday night before New York's game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed because of inclement weather.
The game was called about three hours before it was supposed to start and will be made up at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, originally a day off for both clubs. The surging Phillies began the day trailing St. Louis by 3 1/2 games for the second NL wild-card spot with 14 to play, though other teams were in their path.
"For me, I'd just as soon play today. I don't know sometimes if sitting helps you or not," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
Light rain was falling on a blustery evening at Citi Field, with a howling wind whipping through the ballpark under overcast skies. The forecast called for thunderstorms throughout the night.
Across town, the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees also was postponed.
Cole Hamels will pitch Wednesday night for Philadelphia against Mets rookie Matt Harvey , slated to make his final start of the season. The Phillies bumped Tyler Cloyd from Tuesday to Thursday, when he will face fellow rookie Jeremy Hefner .
Davis got off to a horrendous start this season and the Mets considered sending him to the minors to work through his struggles. Supportive teammates, however, expressed to the club their desire that he stay with them in the big leagues - and Davis rebounded.
He is hitting only .223 but leads the Mets (66-81) with 27 home runs and is tied with David Wright for tops on the team in RBIs (81).
"If you've seen my stances this year, we've tried a lot of things," Davis said. "I've done everything the coaches have asked me."
After seeing the report, he said he asked New York's coaches if they had any issue with him and they said no.
"It doesn't even really make sense," Davis said. "You'd think that would have come out when I was hitting .100 with no home runs and no RBIs. But since that, I've done better. Now it's coming out. It's kind of weird."
The 25-year-old Davis, in his third big league season, is one of the few Mets position players who might draw aggressive interest from other teams. If he was traded for much-needed help in other areas, New York could go with Lucas Duda at first base, his natural position.
Duda has showed power potential but he struggled to adapt to the outfield this season and was demoted to the minors for a month.
"Now, as far as a possible trade, there's not a guy in that clubhouse who can't get traded. Not a guy," Collins said. "Ike was upset today, he came to see me and I said, `Look, unfortunately, how some things work, perception is reality in baseball, as we know. If you're accused of not playing hard, the only way to change it - play really, really, really hard every day. And you fight that.' So I told Ike, `You know what? You fight it. Finish strong and then give them something to write about. Give them something really positive to write about."'