Has a “Debate Been Created?” and Other Odds and Ends From Spring Training
February 26, 2010
According to Buster Olney on the Brandon Tierney show yesterday, Ike Davis may have a legitimate shot of starting at first base this year for the Mets. This is interesting news to say the least. Apparently, the Mets hold Davis in such high regard, that if he hits well this spring, it will make it “very difficult” for the decision makers in the organization to send him down.
The one real positive point going in for Davis is his defensive capabilities at first, which already “far exceed” those of Daniel Murphy. The downside is that Davis does strike out quite a bit, and this could lead to stretches of non-production during slumps.
Brandon Tierney goes on to say that he is down on the Mets’ chances because he does not like the Mets starting pitching. Pitching wins, and I whole-heartedly agree. I really respect what Brandon Tierney has to say, and I often listen to his show for his opinions. I recommend anyone who has not heard his show to give it a listen when you can. Brandon picks the Mets to finish 4th, while Olney picks the Mets to finish a shocking second. I would love to take a puff of what he is smoking.
Olney also feels that Rod Barajas will be the starter and is also not convinced that Jason Bay’s knees are healthy. Olney compared the Bay signing to the Pedro signing by the Mets, where the Red Sox did not feel that Martinez would show long-term health, but the Mets took the gamble. “Ooff”, to quote Mr. Tierney.
The podcast can be heard here. Scan to 7:40 of the podcast to hear this portion of the show, but also give the rest of his show a listen if you have the time. Good stuff.