The New York Mets took the field against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night and were looking to get back on track after a number of changes to the team’s lineup. The most noticeable change was at first base, where Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy filled in for the struggling Ike Davis, who was sent to Triple-A earlier this week.
When the new lineup was announced by the team and posted on Twitter by Metsblog.com, one thing was evident—the fans were not pleased. If Twitter users could give a tweet the thumbs down, the Mets would have received thousands for yesterday’s lineup.
#Mets lineup:Valdespin - 2BQuintanilla - SSWright - 3BMurphy - 1BDuda - LFByrd - RFBuck - CNieuwenhuis - CFHefner - P— MetsBlog.com (@metsblog) June 11, 2013
Fans cried for weeks about sending Ike Davis down to Triple-A in order to finally figure out his swing. The Mets kept Davis with the big league team for as long as they could, though, and it was clearly evident as to why they held off for so long. When was the last time the Mets lost a game because the opposing team scored five runs after an Ike Davis error?
Daniel Murphy’s error in the fifth inning of last night’s game led to a five-run barrage which the Mets were unable to battle back from. Sometimes, as fans, we have to be careful for what we wish for. Many think Lucas Duda is the answer at first base—but if Murphy has been fielding ground balls all year and made a costly error, who’s to say that Duda will do any better. In fact, he would probably be much worse.
If the Mets new strategy is to give players extended looks for the rest of the year, then it is time to make some wholesale changes. They should call up the younger prospects to see if they have guys that can fill their needs for 2014 and beyond, or if they will have to do some shopping in free agency.
It's time to call up Wilmer Flores and stick him at first base. It is either that, or give Josh Satin a look. Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis should be playing everyday in the outfield with Lucas Duda. Also, the team should bring up Rafael Montero and Jack Leathersich to bolster the pitching staff. When Matt den Dekker and Travis d’Arnaud are both healthy, call them up, too.
The Mets have to see what they have for the future, as it is pretty apparent that they are chalking this season up as a loss already. The young kids could bring some fire and intensity to a team that seems like it has no pulse. The Mets expect to lose right now, and that has to change, and it can all change with younger guys who have a fresh perspective.
The team is at a point where they really can't play much worse, so it’s time to take some risks that may be able to pay some dividends in the future. It’s time for a full-fledged youth movement in Queens, and it all begins with the call-up of Zack Wheeler next week.