“Ike Davis made his way around the clubhouse offering farewells on Monday,” writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Davis will miss the rest of the season with a strained right oblique, and as you can read below, probably has played his last game as a Met…
Ya’ll take care now, Ike… It’s been a real right pleasure knowin’ ya…
Original Post 9/1
Davis injured himself while swinging on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He grimaced as he clutched his side, and was replaced by Lucas Duda. Oblique injuries usually take about a month or longer to heal so Collins realized Davis was likely done for the season once it was confirmed this was an oblique strain.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for Davis who was still trying to establish himself as a keeper while the Mets now look toward 2014.
Once again, the month of September has become open tryouts for next Spring Training for the Mets. And one of the key decisions the team needs to make is at first base. The rest of this month was supposed to be Ike’s opportunity to prove he should be the first baseman going forward. Instead it now becomes an opportunity for Duda to try and give the Mets a reason to go with him instead.
Most of you know my feelings on Davis and I simply don’t see him being worth the $5-6 million it would take to keep him. Are two good weeks enough to wipe away four bad months? This could very well have been his last game as a Met. He finishes the season with a .206 batting average, nine home runs and 32 RBI in 316 at-bats with 101 strikeouts.
The injury to Davis will make a tough decision even tougher for Sandy Alderson… While the injury to Davis may have sealed his fate, I’m not so sure that Lucas Duda is the solution either.
Josh Satin took full advantage of tonight’s opportunity and wen’t 3-for-4 with a walk in Saturday night’s win over the Nationals. Second base prospect Wilmer Flores will also get some time at first base as the Mets try and figure out what his future role will be. I’ve already mentioned minor leaguer Allan Dykstra more than a few times this season. I wouldn’t exclude him from the conversation.
What are your thoughts on Ike Davis and the first base position overall as the season comes to an end? Can we figure this out with in-house candidates, or do you think we need to go out and acquire a legitimate option with power?
With shortstop and two outfield spots also big concerns for the team, I believe first base ranks third on our priority list and that the Mets should give a platoon between Satin and Dykstra a full shot before throwing money at another solution. If you can’t trust your so-called improved minor league development process, then stop bragging about it. Here’s your chance to show it off and put your money (or lack of it) where your mouth is.