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…