Ike Davis Back – What About Josh Satin?
Satin has been in a zone since his callup, hitting a scorching .353 with a 1.017 OPS. No one expects him to continue at that pace, but it makes sense to keep penciling in his name in the lineup as long as he remains hot — especially for a team whose offense could be described as “woeful.”
But Ike Davis has been proclaimed ready after working for almost a month with Wally Backman and his first pro batting coach George Greer. And that’s great — assuming he’s truly ready for big-league pitching again, there’s no reason to keep him in Las Vegas. With three righthanded starters facing the Mets this weekend, it makes sense to plug in the lefty-hitting Davis.
What of Josh Satin, however?
Satin has made exactly one professional appearance in the outfield, so putting him there would be a gamble. Not to mention, the Mets already have righthanded-hitting outfielders Andrew Brown, Marlon Byrd, and Juan Lagares blocking his path. Certainly, Satin won’t displace David Wright at 3B. Satin’s natural position is second base, but he hasn’t played there yet this year — and appeared there only 36 times in 2012. Surely, he hasn’t forgotten how to play second base, but the Mets reportedly would prefer to station him elsewhere, because his proficiency is less than adequate. Hmm … and Daniel Murphy‘s is? Sometimes I really wonder about what goes into the decision-making. Seriously: could Satin be worse than Murphy? I find that hard to believe, but maybe he is.
It might make sense to platoon Murphy and Satin, at least for a while, to see if the Mets really have something with Satin, or it’s just a guy in a zone at the right time in his career. Facing mostly lefthanders, Murphy is 4 for his last 23, and is hitting .239 with a .536 OPS against lefties in 2013. His performance vs. LHPs last year wasn’t as bad, but it wasn’t that great, either — .283 AVG, .680 OPS, 1 HR in 196 plate appearances. Those stats are acceptable from a good glove man, but not someone who is shoehorned into the lineup for his bat. The numbers suggest that lefties have figured out how to retire Murphy, and ideally, the Mets would keep sending him out there against them with the hopes he’ll eventually make the necessary adjustments. However, I for one would like to see a platoon with Satin — for now, while Satin is on fire. If Satin cools off, fine, what has been lost? But if Satin keeps hitting … well, maybe the Mets have something they didn’t have before.
What’s your thought? Are you open to a second-base platoon? Fire away in the comments.