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The Mets First Base Dilemma Continues

By Michael Lecolant

With Ike Davis now sporting a walking boot, and Lucas Duda‘s hamstring still too tender for Grapefruit League action, the Mets’ seemingly recurring worst case scenario at first base wasted no time, in, wasting the Mets’ time and trying their patience again. Incredibly, the position is nowhere near settled than it was at this point last year, or the year prior.

It seems as if it weren’t for bad luck, Ike Davis would have no luck at all.  After Terry Collins professed Ike would get first dibs at first base earlier this winter, it appears as if Lucas Duda will be ready to return to the field ahead of Davis, who must be beside himself at this point, wondering when, where, and how, everything short circuited for him.

Aug 30, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) is congratulated by teammates after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ike Davis’ latest setback means that Lucas Duda better make the best of his head start, because his situation is no more certain than Ike’s.  The fact that Lucas Duda went to a nutrition and conditioning camp during the off-season, and showed up to spring training lame, is just completely ponderous to me.

It’s as if the resolution to the Mets first base dilemma is tethered to Haley’s Comet, so we’ll just have to wait patiently, and see.

In their absence, Josh Satin, 29, has been getting the majority of early Grapefruit League play.  He is not off to a particularly good start at the plate though, with just 3 hits in 17 at-bats.

Satin now has 91 games of MLB experience, with the bulk of that coming last season, when he batted .279 in 190 at-bats, and posted a respectable .376 OBP.  But as a veteran minor league first baseman, and with the Mets starved for offense, he only slugged .405, hit 15 doubles, 3 home runs, and drove in 17 runs for the big club.

With the way things have been going for Davis and Duda, Josh Satin may get more playing time than any of us bargained for.  In case you were wondering, when facing right-hand pitchers last season, Satin’s OPS was nearly 200 points below his mark against lefties. As we know, his overall slugging potential as a first baseman is light to begin with.  That means, any way you slice it, the Mets could be in trouble.

For the moment, though, it’s not only troubling to me, but perturbing as well, that the Mets will potentially enter the regular season with first base being among their least settled positions.  We’ve been at this for some time now.  There’s a chance first base could even compete with shortstop as the least productive position as well.  So, I hope someone finally steps up their game this season – anyone.

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