200 Miles From the Citi

April 20, 2010 6:35 AM

Now Batting, Ike Davis


Ike Davis will not save the New York Mets' 2010 season.

He may not be the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year.

He might end up seeing more time in Triple-A before this season is over.

But he - not Mike Jacobs - is playing first base for the New York Mets... and that is a big positive.

Davis, after a great spring training, was tearing up Triple-A for the Buffalo Bisons while Mike Jacobs was a hole in the Mets' already porous lineup.

The Mets were probably going to call up Davis for this homestand no matter what - Jacobs' departure was probably expedited because the Mets needed a reliever following the 20-inning game with the Cardinals on Saturday.

The Davis call-up is exciting - he's a homegrown product, and he's the type of player that has high expectations attached to him - you can see him at first base for the Mets for years to come.

But it's a different feel than the David Wright call-up in 2004, and the Jose Reyes debut a year earlier.  Those were franchise saviors, guys you build a team around.  I'm not sure Ike Davis is that type of player.

He seems like a complementary player - not someone you exactly build around, but a key component to those players who you do build around.

Either way, calling Davis up now is the exact right thing to do for the Mets.  If not for the team, as a way of appeasing the fans a bit.  This is exciting - this helps offset the frustration I wrote about yesterday.

When Daniel Murphy returns, there's a chance, if Davis isn't playing out of his mind, that Davis will go back down to the minors so Murphy can play first.  But Murphy is a man without a home with the Mets, and I wonder if the Mets don't shop him when he's healthy so that Davis can take over first base for good.

It may not build a winning team in Queens immediately...but it's a step in the right direction, helping the team look more like a winner - or at least one that's turning a winning corner.

*By the way - the Mets won Davis' debut, 6-1.  The win featured a 5-run inning - the Mets' high for the year - and Davis picked up 2 hits and an RBI.  The Cubs, incidentally, do not look good - they're my only pre-season pick that I'm not feeling so good about.  Let's put it this way - the Cubs made the Mets look like an inspired team.

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