It has been a few days since Ike Davis was cut from spring camp and Jenrry Mejia showed off his golden right arm in back-to-back outings but I wanted to touch on each topic. First to Davis. If you are a regular reader of this space, you already know my feelings about what role Ike should have been playing for the Mets on Opening Day.
With Davis hitting .480 with three home runs and 10 RBI before being jettisoned and incumbent Daniel Murphy sucking big time (.162, 2 HR, 6 RBI), the Mets stance on wanting the kid to get another year of seasoning in the minors does not fly with me. What a bogus way to run your floundering franchise.
The fanbase is hungry for wins and exciting storylines entering the season. Seeing the much-maligned Murphy manning the first base bag instead of a promising 23-year old rookie is not one of them. In my humble opinion, after first seeing Ike up close in St. Lucie and then watching him destroy the baseball in 12 Grapefruit League contests, the kid should have gotten the call. Bottom line is that he makes the team better yesterday, today and tomorrow. I don’t really want to see Murph spit the bit early in the season, but the more he struggles, the sooner we may get to see Ike make his way to Queens.
As for Mejia, after watching this young phenom pitch a few times over the past week or so, my thoughts on his immediate viability in the Mets bullpen has changed. In an obvious attempt to test Mejia’s physical tools and mettle, Jerry Manuel inserted him into a consecutive games on Monday and Tuesday. The kid passed with flying colors. In his first outing vs. the Nats, Mejia hurled 1 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendered one hit and walking one. In Tuesday’s game, which was televised on SNY, Mejia tossed another scoreless frame, during which blew away Matt Diaz on a 97-MPH heater.
The fact that the 20-year old Dominican is still in camp makes me believe it is inevitable that he will start the year in the Mets bullpen. Previously, I stated that Mets should be ultra-cautious with Mejia and let him start the year in Double-A, but I have changed my tune. From everything I have seen both mentally and physically and everything you hear from those in the know, this kid is ready for the big time. Like a Felix Hernandez or Doc Gooden, Mejia may just be one of those special cases. I have the feeling Mets fans are going to get an early chance to find out. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…..What the hell does this team have to lose?