Ike Davis and Lucas Duda

1B competition is wide open… and it includes Murphy

The competition for first base is wide open on the Mets, Terry Collins said (Kernan, Feb. 4).

In the event Ike Davis and Lucas Duda do not step up, Collins said the Mets could always move Eric Young, Jr. to second and slide Daniel Murphy to first base.

“We have options,” he said.

In the end, Collins is looking for offensive production at first base.

“It’s not a defensive position, it’s a production position,” he explained (TC Palm, Feb. 4). “We know Ike can do it, we certainly think Lucas can do it. If it comes down to it where we think we need to get someone in there against left-handed pitching, we know Josh Satin is going to hit. We’ve got people there, they’ve just got to go out and get it done.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I want to see a Davis or Duda and Satin platoon. I think it’s the best outcome, which will deliver the best production. This combination could deliver 20 home runs and a .380 OBP, which would be slightly above average for the National League. My only concern is having an inconsistent glove fielding throws from the infield, because I believe it matters to trust and consistent play in the field. But, this team needs to score runs. If they can score, when coupled with their outfield defense and pitching, they’ll be in decent shape…




247 comments
Kevin W Thorbourne
Kevin W Thorbourne

...pitch, hit well; play the field and be good up the middle, and play as a team!

Michael John Knespler
Michael John Knespler

Either put Murphy at first and Eric Young at second or bring up the Dominic Smith kid and stop waiting around for these young kids to develop and bring them up now.Get rid of Duda and Ike and trade Gee and Niese for Giancarlo Stanton.

Steve Kopiec
Steve Kopiec

I am happy the DIAMOND backs have a franchise first baseman in Paul Goldschmidt. He is the second coming of Gil Hodges.

Matthew Cavanagh
Matthew Cavanagh

Dominic Smith. First round pick in 2013. Big lefty bopper.

Zac Budano
Zac Budano

not ike unless he makes a major hitting turnaround

Teresa Turano
Teresa Turano

IKE DAVIS!! i know most Met Fans would disagree with me but i believe in IKE. The METS are responsible for messing IKE up. They put too much emphasis on his swing and his stance and his hitch. All things that got him 40 home runs the year before. Then they spend the off season trying to dump him so publicly that its got to make him very uncomfortable. LEAVE IKE alone and let him play like I believe he can.

Sharon Hartnett
Sharon Hartnett

Ike is way better then Duda! I'd like to see Ike at 1st!

Ernie Nowack
Ernie Nowack

Not Duda. Ike first and then Murphy and find another 2Bman

Matthew Grosso
Matthew Grosso

Matthew Cavanagh. Let me explain my thinking here on Duda. As its purely a strategic move for '15 season. 1. Murphy is trade bait and has more value at 2B then 1B..so keep him at 2B. 2. There's no market for Ike - that was tested this offseason by Mets. I've analyzed his swing up-down and sideways and it isn't MLB caliber. Unless he has made a significang offseason adjustment. Mets were tops in league in K's last season and Ike tops the list as NL is all about getting on base and scoring. 3. DUDA should start irrespective of his shifty defense. The players love him and Wright is behind him. Plus if he outperforms we trade him and get a stud 1st basemen in free agency. Mets hot stove is all about Duda "potential" and I think there could be an upside surprise here. He deserves one more year to demonstrate his talent (I.e. increase his trade value haha).

Steven Miller
Steven Miller

Ike Davis. I wish they would just leave him alone until the All-Star break. Hudgens has got to get off his back.

Matthew Cavanagh
Matthew Cavanagh

Matthew Grosso. Duda hands down? you have 2 sub .250 hitters that strike out too much. One has shown some power and is awful defensively. The other has hit 32 HR in the majors and is an above average left hand throwing first baseman.

Chris Valdivia
Chris Valdivia

If Ike can make contact, he's our 1B. If not: Satin. Please keep Murph at 2nd!!!

C.d. Colon
C.d. Colon

I meant Josh Satin lol that was a typo lolol no but seriously Start Josh Satin at 1st base and Anthony Recker behind the plate. Recker can catch all the pitchers and is liked by the pitchers on the team. He can hit, he shows no kind of nervousness. He is clutch and had big hits in certain spots and has given real good spot starts. Josh Satin has done very same thing. Just let them be starters be the future that was talked about.

C.d. Colon
C.d. Colon

Just go ahead and start Recker and Satin. They can play well on defense and offense. They have had big hits in big spots and the pressure is nothing to them. Keep EY in the outfield with Lagares and Grandy. You have spead and defense as well as range and a good arm from the outfield. The Captain at third and Murph at second. Just start Satin at first and Recker at backstop. SIMPLE AS THAT, the hardest thing imo to figure out on the lineup is who the shortstop will be because honestly my patience with Tejada is almost up.

Andy Csengeto
Andy Csengeto

Any one but those two. Need to get rid of everyone.

Luke Wilkinson
Luke Wilkinson

Smartest decision for offense is ey at 2b and murphy at 1b. But what do i know I'm only 14 and love the mets

Tommy May
Tommy May

Don't like option-1 Murphy moves to 1B and EJY to 2B if Davis and Duda both flob at 1B during Spring training, but I really don't like the platoon option for either Davis or Duda and Satin against lefty pitching, simply because if you a starter and in MLB, how are you ever going to learn to handle same side pitching if you hardly face it in a game time scenario.  I say shop Duda to the AL, Davis will hit more homeruns by accident than Duda will hit on purpose, and I like Davis better defensively than Duda at first.

Dan Kahaner
Dan Kahaner

several options at 1B, someone will produce there whether its davis, duda, or murphy. my concern is what is gonna happen with the middle of the infield. where is flores gonna play? his bat needs to be in the lineup every day

Christopher Sennello
Christopher Sennello

Josh Satin. I don't know why no one else sees that he is the best of the bunch.

Jim Colucci
Jim Colucci

What the hell is wrong with you people. Murphy is not a first baseman. Leave him alone!

Matthew Grosso
Matthew Grosso

Ike is horrific. Duda hands Down. Don't move Murphy! The guy is starting to settle in at 2B. Ike has to go. As a major leaguer he was following me around East Hampton clubs to get girls. True story. #No confidence.

Joe McGrath
Joe McGrath

Ike. If he doesnt work out then Flores.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Put Murph at first. It gets our only leadoff hitter in everyday, our 3rd best hitter in everyday, and our potential gold glove center fielder in everyday.

C.d. Colon
C.d. Colon

besides what do you have to lose, the farm is already ranked throughout the majors sixth. So if they don't pan out don't go crazy you have future in the farm. Just continue to use what you have and build from there from the farm. Let what you already have become the core nucleus of your team. All the great championship teams have done this and it has worked. WHY THINK SOO BIG WHEN IT NEVER WORKS.