4:10 pm: Ike Davis will start at first base Thursday, but Terry Collins later said Lucas Duda is still ‘the starter,’ likely starting three out of every four games at first base.
Collins also said Josh Satin will likely get one start in Los Angeles against a left-handed starting pitcher.
11:11 am: Thursday will be second time Davis has started since Collins announced last week that Duda would get the majority of at bats against right-handed starting pitchers.
So far this season, Duda has started five games at first base, Davis has started two, and Satin has started one.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
The season is young and samples are small, but the overall productivity from Duda, Davis and Satin has not been terrible. In 32 plate appearances this season, Mets first basemen have a .730 OPS, which ranks 16 out of the 30 MLB teams. They are also in the middle of the pack in home runs, runs scored and RBI. Duda alone would rank similarly, with his .773 OPS coming in at No. 13 among starting first baseman in baseball.
Since being named the full-time first baseman, he’s done even better, putting up a .919 OPS since last Friday. It’s far too early to draw any conclusions about how any one of these players will produce over a full season, but the good news is that so far the team has not been stuck with a black hole at first base – despite their overall offensive struggles. However, with the constant upheaval and uncertainty surrounding the position, it’s hard to imagine any of these players getting into a rhythm – and that will certainly impact impact their production.
All this talk of “auditions,” and assessment, is pointless if the player is benched after just four games (especially when those games are largely successful). Again, the Mets need to pick a player and stick with him — except this time, they need to mean it.