Dear Ike Davis: See You Soon! Love, Mets Fans
I find there's a lot to read during spring training, but not a lot to write. The main reason being I don't get a chance to watch many of the games, and don't feel like recycling other people's opinions as my own.
Today, that changes...
As I was perusing the many Mets-related blogs I frequent, I read the news that Ike Davis, the team's likely future first baseman, was sent back down to the minors.
I know the Mets' stance on Davis is that they'd rather he get another season of playing every day in the minors, even though he's had arguably the most productive spring training of any Met offensively.
It's the same stance they're using with future outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is also having a very strong spring, and seems to have grown up from when we last saw him. Perhaps the great success he had in the Caribbean World Series had something to do with that.
Keeping young players in the minors is something I usually agree with. A strong start can turn into a slump very quickly as pitchers around the league get more info on guys that don't have much information about them circulating.
The main issue I have with sending Davis down is the fact that starting first baseman Daniel Murphy is batting .176 in 30 at bats. One candidate for his platoon-mate, Fernando Tatis, is batting .095 in 20 at bats. Mike Jacobs has had some success this spring, but he is certainly competing for the last spot on the bench and not the everyday first base job.
I would understand the front office sending a guy like Davis to the minors this season if they had a veteran incumbent coming back to play first base, or if the team was expected to compete for a championship this season. I don't think there's any Mets fan out there delusional enough to believe that's true, so why not give the kid a shot?
If he wasn't hitting over .500 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in only 25 at bats, send him down.
If Murphy was performing at a level closer to what you expect from him, send him down.
If Fernando (6-4-3) Tatis wasn't one of your few options to play first base and you had someone better out there, send him down.
Unfortunately for the Mets, all of these things are a reality, and Davis should be opening the season as the starting first baseman.
Don't think I'm discounting what Chris Carter has done offensively this offseason. If there was a spot for a DH on the Mets he'd need some serious consideration. Too bad for him I've heard he plays defense like he's got his glove on his foot.
Mets fans did get some good news today, when we found out Jose Reyes' thyroid levels have normalized and he would be rejoining the team.
With 10 games remaining it's possible, but unlikely, he'll be able to get in shape in time to start the opener against Florida.
I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Let's Go Mets and Let's Go 'Cuse.
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