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The Mets are not screwing around with Ike Davis this spring

Feb 4, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

Terry Collins AP

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post sat down with Mets manager Terry Collins and talked about a number of challenges and decisions facing the team this spring. First and foremost: first base. Where Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are set to battle it out. It sounds like it’ll be a good battle.

Collins says it’s “wide open” and makes it clear that there won’t be a lot of hemming and hawing. Davis is going to get 90 at bats — way more than a veteran usually has in the spring — and it seems obvious that if he doesn’t produce he’s basically done as a Met. And if Duda is no better he’s prepared to move Daniel Murphy over to first base and put Eric Young at second base.

That’s tough on Davis and Duda I suppose, but it may be good for Mets fans. Collins is talking about his team and seems poised to make quick decisions as if it’s a contender. And while that may not be the majority opinion about the Mets this spring, it’s not too hard to squint and see them be more competitive than they’ve been in recent years.

  1. sdelmonte - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    They were pretty competitive after June 1 last season, at least when healthy. No one would have confused them with St Louis, but they played hard, had a good rotation, a good closer, and some talent scattered about the starting lineup. And for whatever reason, Collins seems to be the right man for this bunch.

    Do I think they make the playoffs? Nope. Too many good teams in the NL. And too few Matt Harveys playing this season. But I really think that with the rotation they have now, with the young players starting to make an impact, they will not roll over and play dead when the Nats or Braves come to town. If only I liked the bullpen. Hoping for Parnell to be healthy is not the same thing as believing he will be.

    As for Ike, I really like him and hope he can start off right for once. But I have zero expectations now.

  2. xdj511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Well, good. It’s good to have some versatility and some options. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have both had numerous opportunities to lock down a starting job, and except for the second half of 2012 for Davis, both have failed to live up to expectations. It’s certainly a possibility that the Mets will be leaving Florida with Murphy at first and EYJR at second. It would unclutter the outfield a bit, too, leaving Granderson, Lagares, and Chris Young to start.

  3. idratherbeinsouthbend - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Just like quarterbacks, if you have 3 first basemen, you really have none.

    I remember having so much hope for Ike Davis when he was first called up. He’s basically a real life version of Pedro Cerano…maybe somebody should sacrifice a bucket of KFC at his locker

    • stekaz - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Well, if I squint hard enough I can see 2015. Add Harvey, Syndergaard and then another FA bat to the lineup and maybe more people will pay those prices for tickets.

  4. alang3131982 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    By all accounts, Murphy was a fine (or at least sort of reasonable) defensive player at second and surely his bat plays there well. Why on earth move him to first? Trade him first, yeesh.

    • xdj511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Murphy is a natural third baseman. Since he was blocked on the Mets by David Wright, they brought him up and put him at first base. Then Ike Davis emerged, and they tried him at second base. Although he has been good there, he also had both of his knees messed up by collisions, one in the minors while learning the position, and another in the majors. Murphy has shown he can hit enough (in a Keith Hernandez, Dave Magadan kind of way) to play first base in the majors, and the Mets have Eric Young Jr., who would be much more valuable as a second baseman, so if Ike and Lucas can’t step up this spring and take ownership of the first base job, I think that move would make sense.

  5. Ben Cerow - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    If the Mets just plan on wasting Josh Satin, I’d gladly take him off their hands…

    • xdj511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Satin is going to be the righty-platoon of whichever lefthanded option they end up going with, Davis, Duda, and Murphy are all lefties.

  6. deep64blue - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Insane – what is Spring Training going to tell you that their career stats, complied in real competition, won’t?

  7. tuberippin - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    So… basically they’re planning on having Dan Murphy at 1B in 2014.

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