The numbers never got any better. On the recent seven-game road trip, Ike Davis went 0-for-16 in four games against the Cardinals, then 1-for-8 in the two games he played against the Cubs..

"He didn’t have a real good week," manager Terry Collins said before Monday night’s game against the Reds at Citi Field.

So Collins shuffled his lineup – again – keeping Davis in that lineup, but shuttling him down to the sixth hole. Lucas Duda took ownership of Davis’ cleanup spot.

"He’s still here," Collins said. "We still need to play him. … Maybe this is the series that he gets it going."

He didn’t get it going Monday. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and was removed in a double switch in the seventh inning. The average now sits at .152.

Over the weekend, general manager Sandy Alderson said no demotion is imminent.

As part of Monday’s lineup tinkering, Collins put outfielder Rick Ankiel in the No. 2 spot. It was a curious slot for Ankiel, a player with high strikeout totals (six in his first six games with the Mets).