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The Mets first base situation is absurd

By Danny Abriano

A week or so ago, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda would get a long look as the starting first baseman – with the caveat that Ike Davis would start a game over the weekend.

Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) celebrates scoring in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

After Wednesday night’s loss to Atlanta, Collins said that Davis would get a start on Thursday – and Davis is in there. Right after putting Davis’ name on the lineup card, though, Collins said that it was still Lucas Duda’s job.

Why, then, is Ike Davis in the lineup today?

According to Collins, it’s so he can “stay sharp.”

Prior to Thursday, Davis had started just one game in the last week. Players don’t “stay sharp” by playing that infrequently.

Collins went on to say that while Josh Satin would get a start over the weekend in Anaheim, Lucas Duda would still be starting three out of every four games. With Davis starting Thursday and Satin starting one of the next three games, Duda starting three of the next four games is a mathematical impossibility. Moving on…

What the Mets have is a platoon within a platoon that exists due to an inability of either the manager or the front office to make a decision and stick with it.

Who starts between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda really isn’t that big of a deal. However, the way it’s being handled is ridiculous.

Lucas Duda isn’t getting a legitimate chance, and Ike Davis isn’t getting a legitimate chance. Instead, they’re being flung back and forth from the bench to first base, never being allowed to get into any kind of routine.

While that’s happening, the bench – with either Davis or Duda (both one-dimensional players) on it, is being weakened.

If the current indecision is due to Sandy Alderson, he needs to make up his mind. Deal either Davis or Duda and move on.

If the current indecision is due to Terry Collins, Alderson needs to step in and regulate the situation.

Either way, the Duda/Davis situation is something that has to be resolved in the near-term.

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