There is trouble brewing at first base in New York Mets country. The problem is as serious as it is simple really. They simply have no one to produce the way they need a first baseman to produce. Ike Davis was looking good and appeared to be the man that would really help pick up some slack and give David Wright someone else in the line-up for opposing pitchers to single out. This year’s terrible start with no upturn in sight ruined that and has left the Mets with a first base mess.
Davis is doing a little better in triple-A but there seems to be little chance of the Mets calling him back to the big leagues. That leaves the job to the young Josh Satin. He has done an admirable job of extra base-hits and producing some RBI but there has been little power from him. Usually you want to see some power from a first baseman and it really has never been there for Satin in the minor leagues or during any call-up. What are they to do?
Honestly I’m not sure there is anything they can do. They can shuffle men around and place a hot hand at first that might not be a good defensive option. They could even test the trade market but the only really good first basemen out there all have no-trade protection and would be nearly impossible to bring in. I think the sum of the events brought about by the downfall of Davis’ production this year is that it basically just stinks at first for the Mets.
They will probably be served best by just leaving Satin there as well as another hot hitter here or there and find their way to the end of the season with the third base side of the infield once again dragging the rest behind him. Here is hoping the Mets make it a real priority to find a strong first baseman this winter. Ike Davis might return to potentially be good first baseman but it is not something they can count on.