Who’s on first after the All-Star break: Satin or Ike?

Josh Satin 1 polaroidIke Davis has just two hits in his last 21 at bats. Meanwhile, Josh Satin is hitting .361 with a .487 OBP in 22 games this season.

Terry Collins referred to first base as a “platoon” while talking to WFAN in early July. According to Collins, Satin would play first base against left-handed starting pitchers, while he intended to start Davis against righties.

However, in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Collins said, “I don’t know yet,” when asked about how he’ll handle playing time at first base after the All-Star break.

“Ike came back because everything they told us was he was ready,” he explained, according to ESPN New York. “We’ll decide here shortly who is going to be out there on a more regular basis.”

In 239 plate appearances this season, Davis has 35 hits. Satin already has 22 hits in 76 plate appearances since he was called up on June 12.

Michael Baron, Contributor

It’s clear the Mets are thinking about what’s next at first base, given the so-called ‘platoon’ at first and Collins installing Satin in the lineup yesterday against a right-handed pitcher. That’s not to say Satin is a long-term solution, but given the options, Satin has earned his way into consideration for a full-time role. He does the things Ike doesn’t do: he is patient and selective, he doesn’t chase pitches outside the zone, he has a greater ability to recognize off-speed pitches and he works himself into hitters counts with regularity.

I want Ike to succeed, but the Mets cannot keeping waiting and hoping he will come around. When he came back from Las Vegas last weekend, the most notable improvement Ike made was he was being patient and laying off balls outside the strike zone, especially on breaking balls down. He’s regressed since then and isn’t showing the same kind of plate discipline and, quite frankly, looks a lot like the pre-demotion Ike.

The Mets have been more than patient with Ike and have given him every chance to straighten himself out. At some point, the Mets need production at the position, and the bottom line is Ike hasn’t produced, Satin has, and the lineup is simply more functional with Satin in it, and Ike out of it.