1) Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson repeatedly said all winter that first base would come down to a competition between Lucas Duda and Ike Davis during Spring Training. However, both players spent most of the spring rehabbing from injury.
2) They split time through the first week of regular-season games, with Josh Satin getting one start against LHP Gio Gonzalez.
3) Late last week, Collins said Duda would begin getting most of the starts at first base when facing a right-handed starting pitcher, while Satin would most likely start against left-handed pitching. Ike Davis would be on the bench.
4) Davis hit a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam this past Saturday, then started Sunday at first base against a right-handed starting pitcher. Duda was on the bench.
Collins said after Sunday’s game that Duda would return to the starting lineup Tuesday against right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang.
“We’ve got to at least stick by our plan a little bit,” Collins said Sunday, saying he still intends to play Duda more days than not, since if Duda fails he can play other positions, whereas Davis is only a first baseman.
5) The Mets still think it’s possible they trade Davis, according to sources (Martino, Apr. 4). The Pirates and Astros may still be looking to acquire a first baseman, but the Mets are not anxious to make a move just yet (Heyman, Apr. 7).