Murphy Hurt, Davis Steps In?

By / March 31, 2010 / 2010 Season, Injuries, Spring Training

This is not the complete original. I had other things in here, but I could not remember what it was. So I had to change some things to make my point.

NO WAY! In no way, under any circumstances is Ike Davis to come to the majors for the opening of the 2010 regular season.

Listen, we all know Daniel Murphy was not exactly the bright spot on this team. He is not the greatest at base-running or hitting. So the fact that he is questionnable for opening day due to a sprained right knee really should not damper anybody’s spirits.

With that said, it does not mean you go on the radio or Loudmouths screaming for the return of Davis. This is not his moment.

Jonathan Ragus of MVP Gotham seems to think that Chris Carter should have his shot now. Well, I am leaning towards Mike Jacobs. What about Nick Evans and Fernando Tatis? As far as I am concerned, not an option.

I say Jacobs because he plays hard. You want another player with a fighting mentality on this team. Evans, Tatis and Carter are not that.

I can quote stats to you, but I agree with Brandon Tierney when he says “you can manipulate stats to whatever it is you want to say”. So I’m not going to. But Jacobs is a hard-nosed player and will knock anybody down who gets in his way. I love his attitude.

With that said, there really is no perfect solution for first base at the moment. But if I had to choose, I would choose Jacobs over anybody else. Say what you want about Carter, I am sick of people always trying to convert players to other positions they have no experience playing.

Here’s a brilliant move. Let’s take a leftfielder and stick him at first base because the positions are so much the same. That’s like when the Mets tried converting Kaz Matsui into a second baseman despite him being a shortstop. The positions are not the same despite they are in the infield.

Why are you going to take someone who has been trained to throw the ball a good distance from the outfield to the infield? If a runner is coming in from third and the first baseman needs to throw quickly, if he is an outfielder, he is probably going to throw the ball over the catcher’s head.

Not a fan of moving people into a different position unless it is from outfield to outfield. I don’t even like moving catchers from behind the plate to first base.

I would rather have Carter on the bench and get rid of Tatis altogether. That is just my opinion. Why we are wasting time on Tatis is beyond me. Throw away Tatis. Put in Jacobs at first and have Carter on the bench. It could be temporary.

But at the very least, get Carter used to first base, well, first. Do not just throw him there. Oy vey!

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First of all — it’s unfortunate that the site got hacked. If you need any of the old posts, I have a lot of them because they get delivered to my RSS reader… just let me know and I can send you an e-mail. I think.

Second of all, for some reason, when I typed this comment (into the original post) I had the strange inclination to get a back-up copy of it… and I’m glad I did, because my comment was LONG. God is interesting sometimes… my response, by the way, might be a little different in covering some of the things you said here as opposed to in the other post (and some of it is snipped out considering you took out that Posnanski quote)… so away we go.

I love Mike Jacobs as a player. I remember when he first came up in… when was it? 2005, I want to say (had to have been — Delgado came in 06). I remember comparing this guy to Chipper Jones because he could RAKE. He whipped the life out of low fastballs… no one could hit like Mike Jacobs could. Remember that Arizona Diamondbacks game (either them or the Marlins) on a Sunday where all he seemed to do was hit homeruns? This guy, in my opinion, was an awesome player.

As Mets fans, that’s all we really saw because he was traded. Every now and then, we’d hear on the news that Mike Jacobs hit ANOTHER homerun for the Florida Marlins while Carlos Delgado seemed to do nothing (although that really wasn’t the case)… and we’d (or at least, *I* would) wish for the Mike Jacobs days to be back. Because Mike Jacobs was supposed to be a great piece of homegrown talent. Because Mike Jacob appeared to be a great defensive first baseman. Because Mike Jacobs had power — moonshot power — crazy power. Because when Mike Jacobs hit the ball cleanly, it did go, as Posnanski says, 700 miles.

But… Tanya… I’m not sure our perception is really reality… you know the saying “first impressions last a lifetime”? Our first impression of Jacobs was great, and I’m not sure it will ever be able to change. But our perception probably wasn’t quite right.

While I agree with BT’s premise that you can manipulate stats, I disagree that the ability to manipulate stats is a problem. You can manipulate video… I’m sure if you manipulated some video, you’d be able to make it seem like Anderson Hernandez was a great player. If you manipulated some comments made by managers and people on television, you’d think that Alex Cora was Albert Pujols. Stats can be manipulated, but only so much…

Was Mike Jacobs great back in 2005? Yeah — that’s what the stats tell us. .310 BA, .375 OBP, .710 SLG. Brilliant. Skip ahead to 2008… and though his SLG% was still high (.514, because like it was said, this guy can hit the ball to the moon — when he gets his bat on the ball), look at his batting average (.247) and his OBP (.299). 2009? He didn’t even hit the ball to the moon (.401 SLG%), and his batting average and his OBP (.228/.297) were abysmal. Oh yeah, and he wasn’t such a tremendous fielder either.

Who’s the answer? Like you said, Ike Davis could use some more time in the minors. Again, like you said, Nick Evans isn’t all that good. Fernando Tatis isn’t bad, but he seems to be better suited to a bench role.

To me (after this round-about comment, FINALLY we get to my solution), the answer is Chris Carter, like Jonathan of MVPGotham seems to think. The contention could be made that he’s not all that good of a fielder… but neither is Jacobs. It’s a wash, pretty much, there. But… hitting? Look at his minor league stats over these six years: .306 BA/.380 OBP/.510 SLG. Excellent, period. (Jacobs’ minor league stats? .287 BA/.344 OBP/.471 SLG.)

And… like I said, I’d love to see Jacobs play. I’d love a platoon — but neither Jacobs nor Carter is any good at hitting lefties. For me? I go with Chris Carter vs. righties… and, I guess, Fernando Tatis vs. lefties. Is it the best option? No… but is it the best that’s available? Does it give the Mets the best chance of winning?

I sure think so.

(and by the way, to two of your new points: Tatis is so versatile… he’s the only one who can play all of the positions, and play them relatively adequately. Not only that, but he can hit. Why would you want to get rid of him?

And to your point of converting a leftfielder to a firstbaseman… and comparing it to Kaz Matsui… in Japan, Kaz Matsui played ZERO games at second base. Chris Carter, on the other hand, has played 114 games at leftfield — and get this — *340* (according to Baseball-Reference) games at first base. BIG difference there.

Tanya Mercado

I didn’t compare Matsui. That should not be in there. Grr! Whatever. I give up at this point.

But I do think Tatis is no help. Tatis is a DP machine. I was not happy when the Mets signed him because I did not see why they should. He had a terrible season last year. I would let him start in the minors if anything. Let him work on his hitting.


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