After coming off the bench six of the last seven games, Ike Davis will get the start at first base when the Mets play their series finale against the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday.
Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) and first baseman Ike Davis (29) field ground balls at first base before the start of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Davis has only started one of the last seven games. He pinch-hit in four others, delivering a game-winning grand slam on Sunday against the Reds at Citi Field.
After the third game of the season, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda would get a long look at first base. It’s unclear whether that long look has ended, or if Davis is simply getting a rare start on Thursday.
It’s been stated repeatedly, but the Mets need to make a decision regarding Lucas Duda and Ike Davis.
Carrying both of them on the roster severely weakens the bench, and having Duda on the bench with Davis at first base gives Terry Collins another toy to play with when it comes to the outfield.
Injuries during spring training made it impossible for the Mets to adequately evaluate Duda and Davis, but nothing they saw during the spring would’ve mattered much anyway.
It’s time to make a choice – Duda or Davis, with the other being moved via trade.