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Looks like the Mets are changing plans at first base again

Apr 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last week Mets manager Terry Collins announced that he’d be benching Ike Davis and giving Lucas Duda an opportunity to be the team’s primary first baseman.

Since then Duda has gone 2-for-13 and now Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Collins has decided to give Davis the start at first base tonight.

It could be just a day off for Duda or it could be Collins going back to a time-sharing arrangement at first base, but either way it’s a little bit amusing that his big plan for divvying up playing time at the position lasted less than a week.

As noted at the time, for all of Davis’ struggles during the past couple seasons he’s still basically been every bit as productive as Duda and he certainly has more upside. And whatever the case, 13 at-bats is nothing.

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  1. thebadguyswon - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    These people are completely clueless.

  2. xdj511 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    So on the first day Duda hit two homers and hasn’t done anything in the three games since. It probably does unfortunately only take four games to see what Duda has to offer. Ike Davis, come on down!

  3. bronco58lb - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Even though first base is a power position, I would like to see the Mets buck the trend and go with Josh Satin. Satin holds a career .358 on-base percentage and carried a .376 OBP in 190 at-bats last season.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      You know the old saying. “When you have three firstbasemen, you don’t have a firstbaseman.”

      • stex52 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        The Astros resemble that remark!

    • kappy32 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Nothing like walks & OBP!!! Give me a break dude.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    They should both be in the lineup this weekend in Anaheim (with a DH spot available). Maybe this is just to give Ike a little warmup.

  5. yahmule - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Stop suggesting the Mets ever plan anything. It kills all your credibility.

  6. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Even if the Mets prefer Duda over Ike, they just need to play Ike so they can trade him for whatever they can get. He’s probably got the better trade value of the two because of his pedigree. Josh Satin is a bench player. However, any way you cut it, the Mets screwed this up and then the problem compounded itself when both Duda and Davis got hurt in spring training. No luck for this organization. Sigh.

  7. jfk69 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    As soon as Ike goes 2 for 12,the plans will change again. Trade these two half first basemen for one complete one.

  8. jfk69 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    This is the problem with the Mets. They would rather have a half a loaf than pay the going rate for a full one. Wilpon is still crying about the money paid to Bay that their payroll is more akin to the Astro’s than a major league New York team.
    Parnell
    Tejada
    Murphy a third baseman tried and failed in the outfield. Then dumped at second because he can hit. Four key positions on the cheap.
    The list goes on and on

    • skibikekayak - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      When you invest in a baseball team your employees are going to fail on offense 60 – 70% of the time and succeed on defense 90% of time. You also may spend millions on a player and he will not be able to deliver results. If the Wilpons do not like that business model they should divest themselves of the baseball business.

  9. disgracedfury - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    For a team with a big fan base and in a big market and Tv deal they sure act like a small market team.

    The Mets like the Red Sox make you believe they are a small market team or don’t spend money but there not they are big market teams.They are just run horribly and also coached horribly.

    Mets fan should go back to the status quo and just spend the year hoping the Yankees lose.

  10. skibikekayak - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I remember during the 60s and 70s the Mets could not find a reliable everyday third baseman. They even traded away Nolan Ryan to get Jim Fregosi to fill the spot to no avail. The team is not willing to spend the money on free agency and now we have the same revolving door at first base.

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