Saturday, February 13, 2010

Interesting Read: Ike Davis Could Run the Table at First

In an article for Seven Train to Shea Blog, Matt Pignataro, wonders if Ike Davis will "run the table in Spring Training to grab the starting job at 1B.  In his post, Pignataro cites Davis' father and Minaya as saying that Davis could make some noise and get the job, as well as citing Adam Rubin who thinks that we should, "give him a little more time".  In this same article Pignataro talks about Davis' improving fly ball rate and increading strike out rate, saying, "Davis's fly ball rate has improved from 34.1% in 2008, to a solid 42.8% in 2009. But however his strikeout rate (SO/AB) has increased from 20% in 2008 at Brooklyn, to 23.4% in 2009 at St. Lucie, to 29% at Binghamton."

Although, I think Davis is going to be a real solid player, I'm not sure he's really getting a fair shot to win the position this spring.  I'm sure the Mets will say he's got a chance to win the job, but in all honesty, he's fighting with two players who were starting 1B last season, Murphy and Jacobs, and a favorite of Minaya's and Manuel's in Fernando Tatis.  We might see him at some point this season prior to roster expansion, but I wouldn't be surprised if we're waiting until September for his arrival.

Regardless he seems poised to be the Mets firstbaseman of the future, and that is something I'm personally looking forward to...

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