Trailing 6-2 coming into the bottom of the 8th, it looked inevitable that the Mets were going to continue a 3 game slide which would include a loss of the series to the Nats. Then it happened, a 6 run eighth-inning and the Mets went on to finish off the Nats, 8-6. This is a huge win for the Mets because not only do they get to keep pace with the Nats for 2nd place but it should also give the Mets some confidence that they can come back in the late innings, they can hit in the clutch and they can hit with runners in scoring position.
If you missed it this is how the big inning went down:
Bay singled to center
Wright doubles, Bay to 3rd
Davis safe at first on throwing error, Bay scores, 6-3
Francoeur strikes out
Barajas doubles in Wright and Davis, 6-5
Cora bunt single, Barajas to third
Pagan singles, Barajas scores, Cora to 2nd, 6-6
Carter doubles, Cora scores, Pagan to 3rd, Mets up 7-6
Bay walks, Pagan scores, Mets 8-6
Obviously, the big hit that sticks out is the Carter double to take the lead. The Animal came to NY with big fan fare today and promptly delievered. Obviously, a Wright double and the Barajas double were also very nice. Bay also added a nice night and Davis’ catch again to end it remarkable. The Mets now had the clear advantage in this series with Pelfrey pitching against Stammen and can finish with a successful 4 and 2 homestand. What a big change of events tonight in the 8th, don’t wanna get too excited but this game could get us rollin’. LETS GO METS!!!!!!
The funny thing is that after all the debating back and forth for months on if Jerry Manuel moving Jose Reyes to the 3rd spot in the order was a good idea or not, it’s proven not to matter. It doesn’t matter because the Mets 4-5-6 hitters have been consistently putting up empty outs.
When the beef of your lineup has been this bad, it doesn’t really matter what anyone in front of them is doing. The combo of Bay – Wright – and Francouer have been bad. The only thing they have done consistently is strikeout. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any end to this coming soon as each look equally as lost. Either of them could bust out at any time and heres to hoping it happens soon.
Until it does I think Jerry has to break these guys up. Specifically you can’t have Bay-Wright back to back. They are striking out way too much and are failing to consistently put up quality at bats. Neither seems to even have a plan when they get into the box and both are taking horrible swings. Until they start to look like pro batters, these two have to be broken up. Too many times have we watched the two of them become rally killers.
Moving Ike Davis to cleanup wouldn’t be ideal obviously. Having a rookie bat cleanup is not something you want to do, but dire times call for unorthodox changes. Truth is Ike has looked like the seasoned pro at the plate a lot more often then either Bay, Wright, or Frenchy. He consistently has good quality at bats.
Ideally what I would like to see is the return of Reyes to the lead-off spot, Pagan batting second, Wright or Bay batting 3rd and Ike batting cleanup. Then follow him with Either Bay/Wright and then Frenchy. I like having Barajas batting eight as I feel his power really gives us some pop at the bottom of the lineup but you could think about batting him 6 or 7 and having either Pagan or Castillo batting in the 8th spot.
Bottom line is we need to break up this black hole of the Bay-Wright combo. Ike Davis has been showing great plate presence and I think he’s capable of providing good at bats in the cleanup spot.
I was gonna write this article last night after me and Eddie went back and forth with a few texts, but I decided against not contaminating the excitement of Ike’s Major League premiere with my negative karma. I am gonna wright it now because I feel it’s something that has to be asked, and I’d love to get an answer that’s for sure.
Who exactly has the master plan for the New York Mets? The reason I ask is because this entire debacle at first base stinks of desperation and it really illustrates the lack of an overall plan or strategy by the Mets front office. I feel this is the reason that neither Omar or Jerry should have been brought back this season, you create an environment that undermines them from the get go, because everyone knows they very likely dead-men-walking.
So who is calling the shots? Who is looking out for the Mets best interest long term? I do believe that Omar is trying to do this. I very much expected him to have no problem trading off anything in a win now type of trade, or overspending on free-agent pitching figuring what does he care if it handcuffs the team 5 years down the road … he probably wont be here by then. To his credit he didn’t do this, and I actually felt he did well by staying away from certain players (I felt Lackey was overpriced and too risky a move for the Mets).
With that said I find it hard to believe that Ike Davis has suddenly matured enough to be ready for the Major Leagues after two weeks. I can’t believe that when management said at the end of spring training that Ike needed to see more left-handed pitching, that they were talking about twenty at bats? And exactly who’s idea was it to sit Ike down for over a week at the end of spring training getting no at bats, if he was possibly being called up 2 weeks into the season.
I know nobody can predict the future, but all signs point to the Mets having no desire to call up Ike any time soon, yet here we are in game 12 and Ike has been called up. For the record I think it was the right move, and a good one, but it really makes me wonder just who is the man with the plan here.
I am a lifer. I am a Mets fan for life. I am one of those rare fans that would not mortgage the next five years just to assemble a team for this season. In fact I hate when teams do that. I have to worry about the farm system because those are the guys I will be cheering on in 3-4-5 years. So who is looking out for these things? You know Jerry isn’t. And to be true it’s kind of unrealistic to expect Omar to truly do this given his precarious standing. So who is it? This confusion has me really worried. Is it the Wilpons? Oh please God no. Is it Ricco? Acting in a sort of checks-and-balances fashion with Omar? That might sound good, but then what is the point of having Omar at all? If you have so little confidence in the guy then get rid of him already. All your doing then is turning this Mets job into one that premium candidate’s will not want down the road.
It’s this mixed message we continue to get that worries me deeply. All spring we heard how there was no way Jenrry Mejia would break camp with the club. Yet here he is on the roster. Then we heard all about Ike needing to mature, and face lefties, and polish his fielding, and two weeks later he’s called up. How is it that Ike wasn’t ready to be in the lineup on opening day, yet suddenly he’s ready to be our savior? It doesn’t add up.
I like Ike, and I would much rather watch him learn at first then either Jacobs, Murphy, or Tatis. But the truth is it sure looks like a move of desperation. A franchise that feels it’s losing it’s fan base and sees this as a move to satisfy them, and to draw attention away from other places (did you notice the news breaking of Beltran seeing the Dr. that broke during Ike’s first game? Fishy).
Hopefully I am just being a beaten, cynical Mets fan, but I wasn’t born this way, I was created over many years by our beloved team.
Well folks, it looks like after a few weeks of having to watch Mike Jacobs do absolutely nothing, the powers that be have had enough. Not like every single Met fan could have predicted this during spring training but the Mets have ended the Mike Jacobs era and will be soon to call up prized rookie Ike Davis.
Lets face it, this team will need a miracle if they are to get themselves in a pennant race, and Mike Jacobs, Fernando Tatis and Frank Catalanotto are not the answer. Let’s get Davis up to NY and see if he is more David Wright then he is Lastings Milledge.
I have questioned the Mets all spring training, how Davis at age 23 and played for a major college program and is the son of a former major leaguer is not ready but 20 year olds, Ruben Tejeda and Jenrry Mejia were. I think Davis is mature, has the baseball IQ and will have his ups and downs but is ready for this promotion.
The Mets are said to be waiting until later this week to promote as Davis as they are “waiting for the bullpen to straighten out” after the 20 inning game on Saturday. I hope that is sooner then later and I know I will be ready to jump in front of the TV for Ike Davis at bats and he may just spark that attendance that has been slumping at Citi Field. Now my next question is what number is Ike going to wear so I can order my Ike Davis jersey!
**Updated** About two minutes after I posted this blog I saw that David Lennon of Newsday tweeted that Ike Davis will be sent down today.***
I started writing this post worried that this topic had been written to death already. Then the more I looked around the more is started to hear a common call for Ike Davis to start on Opening Day. I am a big Ike Davis fan and I definitely hope we see him at Citi Field sooner rather then later, but here is why I feel Daniel Murphy has to be the Opening Day First Baseman for the NY Mets.
Everyone has been yelling and screaming about how the Mets need more pitching. They do, it’s obvious. Well since the Wilpons hid the checkbook how do you get one? Well the only avenue I see is via a trade. In order to do that you need chips. So unless you want to see another Kazmir-for-Zambrano mugging, you need to have some young major-league-ready type players. I don’t want to see the Mets touch any of the names we have been talking about all season: FMart, Davis, or Mejia. So to be able to pull off any trade we gotta find some young quality somewhere.
And obvious idea points to Daniel Murphy. When you sit down and look at it you raelize that the best case scenario is that Murphy will be a Met for only this year and then he’s gone. That’s the best scenario, that’s if he produces at the plate and plays a decent glove in the field. Enough to convince the Mets brass to leave Davis in AAA for the year. If Murphy struggles, it could end a lot sooner then that.
What they need to do is give Murphy the starting job, let him prepare for opening day starting now. Give him a few months to see what he can do. It’s obvious that Ike Davis is the Mets future at 1st base, and he might be the near-future too. So lets let Murphy proove he can hit in the bigs and build up some value. This way he can be used as a chip in a future trade down the line sometime between the All-Star break and the trade deadline. Murphy is a young guy with a lot of talent (at least the plate) and his contract is cheap. He’s the kind of guy a lot of small markets like and would take in a trade. It might be enough to offset the cost of acquiring a decent arm at the price of a big prospect. A package of Murphy and a longer-range prospect might do it, you never know.
If you bench Murphy now in favor of Ike Davis, who has totally dominated the spring training competition, you have basically given up on Murphy and totally wasted the investment you made in him last year. The Mets committed themselves to Murphy last year, and it’s silly to cash out now, when his value is the lowest. Lets give him a few months and see what he can do, you never know you just might go on a heater and get a great deal of value back for your efforts. When your the New York Mets you have to think big picture/long term benefit of the club, and this is the move that betters the club big picture. I just hope Jerry and Omar are able to think that way with their jobs on the line.
Consider this your warning incumbents. Your years of experience, your huge contracts in some cases, and your incumbent status don’t mean much to a team like the Mets. You need to work your ass off and perform. Because if you don’t, your gone. The kids are kicking down the door.
Have multiple prospects flourishing in spring training is a great problem to have. The debate about what should be done with them is fun for fans. When they fully deserve to win the starting job, yet you can still leave them down in AAA to season a bit longer. It’s a great position to be in.
Even if they do get sent down to AAA they will still have a great impact on the big club. Just their presence down there, a phone call away, should really push players who are reminded every day by the media that their jobs are in jeopardy. Guys like Daniel Murphy and Jeff Francoeur really need to get off to good starts. They really don’t have any wiggle room when you consider the springs that Ike Davis and Fernando Martinez are having.
If the Mets didn’t really love Frenchy and what he brings to the clubhouse, you can bet they would already be considering starting FMart in RF. Why RF? They wouldn’t make that move for a 1 month audition to cover Beltran. They would want to bring the kid up and let him play. Additionally there are a lot of people close to the Mets that don’t think FMart is a centerfielder. This is puzzling because all he does in the minors is play CF. Ike Davis on the other hand has really done everything he can to be the opening day firstbaseman. Unfortunately with Murhpy the Mets hands are sort of tied. They have to give him a chance since there is no where else to play the guy. They have to at least give him a chance to build up value so they can then trade him for some value. If Murphy struggles either at the plate or in the field, Ike could be here sooner rather then later. I think Murphy get’s one shot, they will not coddle him like they did last year. He will get a chance to flourish, or fall flat.
There are other players that are really lighting up camp. Maybe you’ve heard the name Jenrry Mejia? If you haven’t then you really haven’t been paying attention. Aside from all the comparison nonsense I think the biggest question about this kid is do we potentially hamper his progression as a starting pitcher by pitching him in the bullpen this year? It’s really a matter of team philosophy. He is very young so by pitching him in the pen you will limit his innings and allow him to learn in the bigs a bit. By doing so you will slow down his development of extra pitches that are imperative if he is ever going to be a major league starter. This decision is coming, be it before or after opening day, but it’s a tough decision that is going to have to be made. It could have ramifications down the road for Mejia, so it needs to be made with caution.
Omar has already been forced to change his mind. Two weeks ago he said publicly there was no way Mejia was staying up with the club for opening day. That he was definitely being sent down to the minors. A few days ago he changed that statement saying he was definitely in the competition for a bullpen job.
There are other guys too: Josh Thole and Reese Havens to name two. Wonderkid Wilmer Flores is still very young, but all of them are showing promise. Lets hope the days of fat-cat players that are rich and lazy for this team are over. We need to build within in order to push the players at the top. Let’s also hope that Omar doesn’t go and completely trade away the farm in an effort to save his job, which is a big worry of mine. I am a fan for life so I think long term/big picture, Omar is a GM for another year, at best.