Monday, March 29, 2010

The return of the chocolate italian ice

Well, we're all here at Spring Training for our fifth year in the last six. Tradition Field is now Digital Domain Park, and the chocolate italian ice has returned to the lineup along with refreshing tangerine. We have been to three games thus far and haven't seen a ton to get excited about, but we're having fun anyway. We arrived Thursday night and went down to Jupiter on Friday to take in a game against the Marlins. Nelson Figueroa started and got shelled for seven in
2 2/3. Jennry Mejia got hit around a little, but the Mets came back to tie the game, which ended in an 8-8 tie. The next day we went to DDP to see the Mets take on the Nats. We saw Hisanori Takahashi give up his first runs of the spring and , despite a double, home run and stolen base from David Wright, the Mets lost 7-5 in 10 innings. Yesterday's game was packed with Cardinals fans. The Mets lost 10-5 and Pelfrey was knocked around pretty good. He claimed afterwards that he was working mostly on his secondary pitches. Today is our final game. It is at home against the Marlins. We have had a great trip and we will be sorry to go, but are excited that real games will be beginning in a week. I love this tradition and hope to continue it in years to come. I just hope they keep the chocolate italian ice, it's a winner!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What's in store for Daniel Murphy?

If my name were Daniel Murphy, I would have a complex. On the one hand, he was given the first base job with no real competition after an average (at best) 2009 campaign. The Mets brought in their best first base resource to work with him personally (The great Keith Hernandez). They did all of this and then brought in Mike jacobs to compete for a position. They also have former 1st round pick Ike Davis hanging around as they have all but annointed him as the 1b of the future.

Daniel Murphy is batting .121 this spring, while Ike Davis (who yesterday was assigned to minor league camp) has torn it up to the tune of .480, 3 hrs, and 10 RBIs. Both Jerry and Omar have indicated that they would have no problem bringing him up, if the situation presented itself later in the season. So if Ike Davis is the 1b of the future and maybe even near future, where does that leave Mr. Murphy? He has played 2b before, but by all accounts, his experiment there in AFL 2008 was a disaster. We know what he looks like in the outfield, so that is not an option either. If he were to play an entire season at 1b with best possible scenario type results, which would look something like .290, 18-20 hrs, and 85 or so RBIs, what would that mean going forward? Are the Mets trying to develop him into a valuable trade chip, or are they developing him so that Ike becomes the trade chip?

These are all questions that will likely be answered this summer as the 1b drama continues to unfold. Whatever the result, I guess these are okay problems to have. My suspicion is that by the middle of July, the chants of I like Ike, will be ringing down in Flushing like it's 1952.