Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will both be on the Opening Day roster, Sandy Alderson told reporters earlier this week.
“It is not ideal,” a team official said (New York Post, Mar. 27).
Two things are happening here, 1) Duda and Davis missed so much time this spring and did nothing to differentiate themselves from one another, but also 2) The Mets will need a DH the second week of April when they travel to play the Angels.
I don’t like carrying both beyond Los Angeles, because it’s going to be a daily drama asking who plays when, why, against whom, etc. If I’ve learned anything it’s that to be successful, baseball players need to know what is expected of them in their role – whether it’s a regular platoon, everyday job, pitch only against lefties, etc. In this case, with Ike and Duda, they’re basically platooning with one another in a larger platoon with Josh Satin.
This can’t go on forever. I like Satin against left-handed pitching. He can be paired with Davis or Duda and result in a slightly above-average first baseman. The other needs to either be traded or sent to Triple-A.
The Mets don’t have a deep enough team to run with a platoon inside of another platoon.