March 21.10: The plans for Davis?

Daniel Murphy has not had a good spring, but Ike Davis has been sizzling non-stop. Makes me think that if Murphy’s troubles continue Davis could be with the team earlier than expected.

By all accounts, Davis has the chance to be a special player and the timetable for him is next year. The plans for Murphy appear to be a position switch to second base.

Davis hit a game-tying homer yesterday, his third of the spring. It’s too soon to say Davis, despite hitting .500, is ready to start the season with the Mets. After all, his window has only been 24 at-bats. Davis will start today against the Astros’ Roy Oswalt in Kissimmee.

But next season, along with Jenrry Mejia and Fernando Martinez, the Mets have the potential for an outstanding young core.

FIFTH STARTER AUDITIONS CONTINUE: Nelson Figueroa will start today’s exhibition against the University of Michigan, followed by Fernando Nieve and Hisanori Takahashi, all up for the fifth-starter role.

Another fifth-starter candidate, Jon Niese, will start in the split-squad game vs. Houston.

Here’s today’s lineup vs. Michigan:

Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
David Wright, 3B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Jason Bay, LF
Gary Matthews, CF
Chris Carter, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Chris Coste, C

Here’s the lineup against Houston:

Jordany Valdespin, 2B
Ruben Tejada, SS
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Martinez, CF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Frank Catalanotto, LF
Omir Santos, C
Jon Niese, LP

ESCOBAR TO THROW: Kelvim Escobar, who has been shut down this spring with shoulder soreness, said he hopes to begin throwing tomorrow. But, that’s just him talking and it hasn’t been confirmed by the Mets.

Even if Escobar is cleared to throw, there’s no way he could catch up in time for the start of the season. The best guess would be early May.

Escobar was acquired with the idea of being the set-up reliever for Francisco Rodriguez. Right now that’s still an unanswered questions.

NOTES: Reliever Sean Green has a blister on his right big toe (push off leg) and is day-to-day. … It appears lefty reliever Joe Beimel won’t sign with the Mets. His agent, Joe Sroba, told The Post he’s been getting mixed signals from the Mets. What a surprise.

8 thoughts on “March 21.10: The plans for Davis?

  1. I’d rather have Tejada switch to 2nd base. At least he is a real fielder. Murphy needs to transition into a little Wigginton and bounce around the bigs for a bunch of years.

  2. Unless Murphy recreates the magic of 2008, there’s no place for him on a big-league roster, as he doesn’t do anything well enough to warrant a spot.

    The big question is whether he can recreate that magic.

  3. That’s why I said he should become a little Wigginton. Wiggy couldn’t do anything either but has been in the bigs for several years.

  4. Trade Murphy.
    Let Davis start at first.
    This is not a year the Mets will be in the playoff hunt anyway, so what do they have to lose?

  5. Gil, by your logic the better move would be to start Murphy at 1B and let Ike get promoted at a more appropriate pace. The idea to move Ike up now instead of Murphy is because you think Ike will be better this year.

    I am torn on this move, but overall I would rather give Murphy another month or two of a shot to see if he can put up what he did when he got here and see Ike come up later this year with less pressure on his shoulders.

  6. I don’t follow your thought James. If the Mets are in contention, which I’m sure you beleive will happen, then wouldn’t bringing up Davis mid season bring with it a lot more pressure, not less? Your logic works if this a repeat season only. Not many can come up mid season in the middle of a pennant race and be like Mel Stottlemyre was in ’64 and play like you are already the main man.