Collins on First Base: “It’s Wide Open”

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Kevin Kernan of the NY Post sat down to lunch with Terry Collins on Monday and the Mets manager revealed some of his goals and strategy as he gets set to begin his fourth season with the team.

“This is a huge spring training for us. We’ve got a lot of decisions to make. There’s going to be a lot more emphasis on at-bats and innings pitched. We’ve got to come out spring training ready to go. We can’t wait to June.’’

One of his chief concerns is the Mets current predicament at first base which begins much the same way that it ended in 2013, with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both seeking to win the everyday job. “It’s wide open,’’ Collins said.

“In the past you look to get him 60-70 at-bats,’’ Collins said of Davis. “Well, he’s going to get at least 90. Yeah, he might get a little tired but he’s too big a piece. We have to know what we have there.”

“If the two guys at first get off to a slow start, we have [Murphy] to play first base with Eric Young at second,’’ Collins said. “We have options.’’

Collins has his sights set on one goal.

“We can make the playoffs. We showed in streaks last year that we can compete with anybody and that’s why it was important that we signed a couple of bats and added Bartolo Colon, especially with Matt Harvey sidelined [following Tommy John surgery].’’

It’s not as if Davis and Duda need any additional motivation, but hearing Collins mention Daniel Murphy as an option will certainly lite a fire under both of their asses this Spring. One of these two needs to step up and show the job belongs to them. I want to see some fight and some bravado. I look forward to seeing how this first base situation plays out.

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  • Captain America

    If the two guys at first get off to a slow start, we have [Murphy] to play first base with Eric Young at second,’’ Collins said. “We have options.’’

  • Waz0787

    Collins is an idiot.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    I like that Murphy is an option for 1st base, but I’d rather have Tejada playing 2nd base than EY Jr.

  • Jack

    I might be the minority here but give Ike one more chance! Plus he is the best defensive 1st Baseman we have.

  • oleosmirf

    He’s not an option for 1B, nor is Tejada a candidate to be the starting 2B. Sandy won’t allow such nonsense.

  • Bail4Nails

    I would actually be okay with an infield of Wright, Flores, EY, and Murphy. It fits the lineup nicely, and Lagares starts in Center. I could live with that.

  • NYM86

    One alternative isn’t exactly “options”

  • Super T

    If Sandy/Wilpons’ had filled the team’s holes at 1B (or SS), the team wouldn’t be going into ST having to pick the best of the worst to start.

  • BarnRat

    Collins comments imply starting alternatives of:

    OF Lagares
    2B EY
    1B Murph or

    OF EY
    2B Murph
    1B Duda / Davis or

    OF Lagares
    2B Flores
    1B Murph

    I’ll take option C. (Of course under all options we still need a SS/lead-off!)

  • WillisReid

    Davis, Duda, Murphy. That seems like 3 options and two alternatives.

  • Benny

    1B is Murphy’s best position statistically, so how is that nonsense?

  • Big Mets Fan

    I wonder what Terry ordered…

  • WillisReid

    From what I’ve seen, Ike needs about 300 AB’s to get into regular season form,

  • Taskmaster4450

    “It’s wide open,’’ Collins said.

    This is the most intelligent thing Collins said as manager of the Mets.

    Of course it is wide open. That is what competition is. I know this is a new concept for Collins who usually anoints the player he likes as the starter (usually a veteran).

    Let them fight it out and let the best man win. If Davis produces, good. If not and he is beat out by Duda, so be it.

  • oleosmirf

    his best position defensively, maybe, but Murphy would be one of the worst offensive 1B in baseball so it’s simply not an option.

    You’d essentially be swapping out Duda for Young and that’s simply not plausible as even on a “bad” year, Duda was far better at the plate.

    Young at 2B and Murphy at 1B would most likely be the worst right side of the infield in baseball.

  • NYM86

    They’re all LH. We’re gonna have to pray Ike can turn it around and become an adequate every day player.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Do you think it’s something that will be settled through Spring Training performance (Player X has earned the starting job), or do you think they’ll wind up flip-flopping as players go through inevitable hot and cold streaks during the course of the year?

    I worry about somebody getting a much longer rope than they should, and batting .170 through the ASB. Again.

  • WillisReid

    Who cares if they are left handed? Satin was great against lefties. Muphy would be the only one to play everday.

  • maybe he meant “It’s wide open” as in “A huge gaping hole in the lineup”? 🙂

    (Go Ike!)

  • slowp

    So what Terry’s saying is: “Ike gets 90 ABs in ST. If he doesn’t produce we’re unloading him for whatever we can get.” Which sounds about right.

  • slowp

    No chance they flip flop. Nobody on the team wants to talk about Ike every day for 3 months like last year. He either comes out blazing in spring training or he’s gone & it’s Dude/Satin at 1B.

    btw: Dude will NEVER play an inning in the outfield during the reg season.

  • slowp

    Frankly, that would be sweet, but nobody believes Flores can play SS.

  • So would I. While Duda and Ike flounder, Murphy continues to improve. I would want more power than Murphy if he were to shift to first base. But when I look at those .190 and .219 BA’s from the Double D’s, Murph looks like Hank Greenberg.

    If Murphy followed through on his promise to stop chasing pitches and pulling the ball more, we could have something there. But I’m one of those guys that needs to see it to believe it.

    I hope Collins isn’t toying with my emotion about giving Flores a fair shake this spring. The thing with Flores is it’s either Vegas or an everyday job or at least 500 AB. No way he rides the bench, nor should he.

    I can’t wait to see the spring training games start.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    I interpreted it as, “I’ll continue to give Ike chance after chance until Sandy removes him from the team.”

    I may be reading between the lines a bit, tho.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    You’re right. Too much common sense.

  • SRT

    Unless the team is hit with multiple injuries in ST, I’m thinking there is zero percent change of Murphy being the OD starting first baseman.

  • metsman

    I have always liked Duda, from when I saw him as a B Met, I want him to succeed and win the job. I love that he’s quiet, and weird by all accounts. Despite all that, he’s got half a year to prove he belongs before I’m done rooting for him. It would be nice if when he wins the job, which i think he will, that he gets a little vocal support from management…maybe like a tenth of the support Davis got, it might go a long way.

  • metsman

    Didn’t they already say Duda will see time in the outfield essentially assuring that Davis will make the team no matter what? Perhaps Ron’s public scolding put the fear of god in Collins.

  • sperry

    Just throwing this out there. Collins is talking about making the call based on 90 at bats. Duda has 1,104 ABs in his career. Davis has 1,488 ABs.

    Yup we definitely need just 90 more to be sure!

  • Mike Lloyd

    Collins on whether he sticks his foot in his own mouth on occasion of course “it’s wide open” always. And events being in the know, he’s wrong…you know what else is “wide open”…US all 2nd guessing your buffoon moves and your proclamations and lineup cards. Wide open .

  • I wish I could even consider Davis and Duda options. They’re more like…hope Jesus real cares about Mets baseball because they need help, and we will as well.

  • Destry

    I still feel like its gonna be a Duda/Satin platoon. If they had any inclination of playing Davis at 1B, they would simply say, “Davis is our 1B, and we’ll go from there”, like they always do. There still waiting for someone to bite on a deal for Ike. I’m interested to see what Duda will do when given the 1B job. I know what Davis is gonna do.

  • Destry

    Ike has been a pretty poor defensive 1B since he sprained his ankle.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    SMGDH….It seems like whenever Collins speaks this offseason he attempts to sneak Eric Young Jr’s name in the convo.

    Its obvious Collins doesnt give a sh– about who plays where…just as long as Eric Young is in the lineup.

    When did EYjr become Mike Trout?

    This is the exact same thing that Collins did with Mike Baxter and Justin Turner. Before those 2 he did this with Willie Harris & Jason Pridie.

    He has a scrub-Vet fetish and hates young players

  • Flatbush0460

    Exactly!! Been saying it forever.

  • Flatbush0460

    And EY Jr. Has had thousands of AB’s to disappoint.

  • Flatbush0460

    Apparently he lunched on Dewars on the rocks

  • Dave_in_Spain

    I find it appropriate that ¨Duda¨ means ¨doubt¨ in Spanish….

  • Dave_in_Spain

    EYjr didn´t become Mike Trout, he became Justin Turner.

  • oleosmirf

    because the Mets just happened to play their best baseball of the season when Eric Young first came to the Mets and was seemingly starting every single rally.

    Again, that could have been just luck, but he had a great first two months with the club and it’s stuck with Terry that the Mets best chance to win is with Young leading off.

  • METS62FAN

    BBLB, HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC OF THESE STATEMENTS THAT I INTYERPRET AS OXYMORONISH?

    “This is the exact same thing that Collins did with Mike Baxter and Justin Turner. Before those 2 he did this with Willie Harris & Jason Pridie.

    He has a scrub-Vet fetish and hates young players”

    3 OUT OF YOUR 4 EXAMPLES ARE YOUNGER CONSIDERATIONS WHICH, IMO, BY DEFINITION DOES NOT ALLOW ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR JUDGEMENT AS TO QUALIFICATIONS AS “SCRUBS”

    I BELIEVE THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PERFECT EXAMPLES WHEREBY U CHOOSE TO MANIPULATE THE TOPIC @ POINT TO FIT YOUR NEED TO VENT TYOUR TC HATRED.

    PERSONALLY, AFTER ALREADY DESCRIBING HIS INTENT TO GET DAVIS INTO MIDSEASON FORM WITH 75-100 ABs WHAT WILL BE LEFT TO OTHERS @ 1B?

    TYPICALLY A TERM RRESERVED FOR DC POLITICS, I BELIEVE THIS CHARADE OF DEALING DAVIS WAS A TAD KUBUKI THEATER FOR NYM FANS WONDERING WHY DAVIS STILL IS ROSTERED.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Whatever your feelings on Eric Young Jr., the guy led the NL in stolen bases and you don’t just take that guy and throw him away. You give him a chance to play. Stolen bases aren’t everything, and Alderson called them a “footnote,” but common sense and anyone with half a clue tells you you don’t just cut that guy.

  • Joey D.

    “This is a huge spring training for us. We’ve got a lot of decisions to make. There’s going to be a lot more emphasis on at-bats and innings pitched. We’ve got to come out spring training ready to go. We can’t wait to June.’’

    Doesn’t sound like a team entering the fourth year of a five year re-building plan with a confident team formula starting to take shape for next season.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Where did I say to cut him???

    Youre full of moronic statements. Do yourself a favor and stick to defending the Wilpons.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Scrubs = Baxter, Pridie, Turner, Cowgirl etc.
    Vets = Ankiel, Willie Harris, Quintanilla etc.

    The young guys DONT get a fair shot to compete on this team under Collins.

    And NO Its not me venting on Collins…every freakin body says the same damn thing about him and this same topic sooooooooooooo you might want to take your head out of the sand….The sun is great

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    GREAT 2MONTHS!!!!

    Name those months….PLEASE!!! lol

    July: .252avg, .364obp, .340slg .703ops
    Aug: 236avg, .288obp, .300slg,.588ops
    Sept./Oct.: .237avg,.287obp, .316slg, .603ops

    Not even ONE of those months were great….The dude is a bench player….It seemed like he was great because we had NOONE!!!

    It was an illusion when you field a bad team someone has to stick out no matter how garbage they are….

    Do you remember those terrible teams that Lee Mazilli were apart of???

    He was a good player but because the supporting cast was so bad we as Mets fans overrated him. Much like your doing with EYjr…only difference is Mazzili was good enough to start on a lot of teams…EY is NOT

  • Andrew Herbst

    It will be interesting to see who wins the 1b competition. I don’t see Murph getting a shot at 1st. It will be either Ike or Duda.