Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Pregame notes: Ike's fate remains up in air
By Kieran Darcy
NEW YORK -- It sounds far from certain Ike Davis will be back with the Mets in the very near future.
The Mets will face right-handed starting pitching in their next five games, which seemed like a natural time to recall Davis from Triple-A. But his replacement at first base, Josh Satin, is batting .395 with the big club. Davis is batting .269 in 19 games with Las Vegas, and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday night.
"I talked to [Las Vegas manager] Wally [Backman] today, [Davis] didn’t have a very good night last night," Collins said. "According to them he’s made big progress. He’s still got a little movement in his hands, but certainly not as drastic as it was. He’s more upright. They said he’s driving the ball the other way much better than when he got there. He’s not just a pull guy. So he’s made big progress."
"I certainly don’t know if he’s gonna get called up or not," Collins added. "We've got the right-handers coming up, but we’ll look to discuss our moves with [GM] Sandy [Alderson]. We’ve certainly got some things we’ve gotta address here in the next 24 hours."
LINEUP CHANGES: With tough lefty Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.22 ERA) starting Tuesday for Arizona, Collins gave Daniel Murphy the day off. Eric Young Jr. remains in the leadoff spot, but moves from left field to second base.
"Corbin’s just mowing down lefties. I mean, he’s really, really pitching very well," Collins said. "I wanted to get Andrew Brown in the lineup, I wanted to keep [Juan] Lagares -- it’s pretty hard to take him out of center field with as well as he’s played defensively. Tough to get Marlon Byrd out of there. So you looked around, I thought the one place maybe we could keep the lineup intact was to put [Young] at second base.
Young has made 44 major league starts at second, but none since 2011.
"We looked up his defensive statistics, and actually he’s played second base much better than he plays the outfield," Collins said. "So we thought we’d give it a shot tonight."
Lagares moves up the No. 2 spot in the lineup, after Young, and in front of David Wright.
"[Lagares] is 10 for his last 33, which means he’s been swinging the bat good, and the majority of those have been against left-handers," Collins said. "Yes Corbin might be a little bit different, he’s pitching very well. But [Lagares] has handled left-handers really well in the last couple weeks."
"And he adds that foot speed at the top of the order," Collins added. "So we just thought we’d give it a shot and see how it goes."