Last night I had the pleasure of watching the game while chilling out with my pals on Twitter. It was actually the second time I ever did that since registering our site with Twitter about a year ago. It’s actually a pretty cool experience and it’s almost like hanging out in your living room with a bunch of friends watching the game on your HDTV, except none of them were there physically, so no mess to cleanup up afterward.
When word came out that Mets first base prospect, Ike Davis had homered, I tweeted that Mike Jacobs could be a dead man walking. Davis, as Mets Merized readers who read our Minor League reports each night know, is off to a blazing start at Buffalo and is now batting .571 (4 for 7) with two doubles, two walks, and a home run. His slugging percentage of 1.286 leads the league to start the season.
When you compare that to the futility of what Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis have produced, you can’t help but wonder how long it will be until Ike Davis is called up to begin his decade long hold of first base for the Mets.
I had originally speculated back in February, that if Davis didn’t make the team out of Spring Training, that he would probably be called up sometime in July and take over as the everyday first baseman. It was a fair projection back then, but now I feel strongly that he could be called up as soon as mid-May unless the current un-dynamic duo start producing at a decent clip.
Even though our offense has shown signs of being consistently good despite the zero production from first base, we shouldn’t tolerate any un-productivity especially when a viable solution is already in the house.
Ike Davis, as I tweeted last night, was the best first baseman offensively and defensively in Mets camp this spring. He was sent packing because the decision was motivated by the money that is owed to both Tatis and Jacobs. At some point the Mets must make the decisions based on what’s best for the team as the Yankees do across town, and not let a couple of million dollars lock you into a position that weakens the team.
I think the writing is already on the wall, and that Ike Davis better start keeping his suitcase packed at all times for a trip to Flushing that could come at a moments notice.