Note: Mike Jacobs, Fernando Tatis, and First Base

Prior to yesterday’s 4-2 loss to the Rays, Jerry Manuel told reporters there will be a platoon of Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis at first base.

Manuel said Jacobs will bat fourth, in between David Wright and Jason Bay, telling reporters: “He’s a power guy…He’s a presence on the field. I’ve always liked Jacobs.”

…i feel like the Mets first base situation has been like an SAT question this winter, where i look at the possible choices and i don’t see the right answer, but i have to choose the best answer out of four not so good answers…the thing is, i don’t think Jacobs is going to hurt this team and in many ways, i think his bat is going to be beneficial…he has holes in both his offensive game and defensive game for sure, and yes, there is definitely a fair argument to have promoted Chris Carter instead of Jacobs, but in watching the two of them closely this Spring, i like Jacobs personality, and he also has major league service time under his belt, in the NL East at that, whereas Carter doesn’t…that said, having both Jacobs and Bay back to back in the lineup will amount to a ton of strikeouts…ugh…and then there is Tatis who has played a grand total of 43 games at first base in his career…

…i know the Mets have very few options and they have to choose the best of what they’ve got, but i think Tatis greatest value is as a right handed power bat off the bench, and that’s where he has excelled for most of the past three seasons…i think the Mets best shot at success here is to start by not exploiting a player’s weakness, but rather put their players in a situation which gives them the best possible chance to succeed, which will in turn lead to overall success of the team…