During the time that New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis was in triple-A trying to get back on track after a profound slump, the team had a .500 record. In addition to managing a solid record without him, another reason why the Mets chose the wrong time to bring Davis back from the minors, is the great play of Josh Satin at first base during that time. Now that Davis is back, the Mets need to make sure they don’t forget about Satin, and continue to utilize him.
Satin has hit for a high average throughout his minor league career, but without displaying much power or being a quality defensive player, he didn’t profile as a useful MLB player, but he proved otherwise during his time as the Mets’ every day first baseman. He was a noticeable step down defensively from Davis at first base, but he held his own at the position. More importantly, Satin hit the ball, and became an important part of the Mets’ batting order, routinely hitting fifth, behind temporary cleanup hitter Marlon Byrd. Before Davis returned, Satin was riding a 10-game hitting streak and had an average of .353.
Not only did Satin take advantage of the opportunity to play every day, but he also became one of the Mets’ best hitters and a key part of their lineup. The Mets obviously hope that Davis can regain the power and form he had the second half of last season, but there’s no guarantee that will be the case, which is why it’s been tough for the Mets to lose Satin from their every day lineup after making such positive contributions.
Whether it’s at the expense of Davis or second baseman Daniel Murphy, Mets manager Terry Collins needs to continue to put Satin in the lineup as much as possible. He can be a useful pinch hitter, but Satin shouldn’t be relegated solely to the bench; he’s too good of a hitter to just get one at bat per day. Collins has got him in the lineup against left-handed starters, and that should continue because Satin isn’t even close to done with helping the Mets win games.