It has been a long time teetering on the edge, but Ike Davis was finally shipped away to a team who can make perfect use of him. The New York Mets had redundancy at first, with two similar bats in Davis and Lucas Duda, both power hitting lefties who could use a platoon partner. Davis put together many memorable moments as a Met, even just this year hitting a walk-off grand slam, but his inconsistency is what cost him his spot on the team.
Davis is going to a situation that is great for him and his new team. Most importantly is the fresh start he has been granted, and he has repaid the Pirates by going 5/14 with a home run in his first three games. He will also be able to sit down against lefties, particularly tough lefties. Davis is only a .201 career hitter against left-handed pitching. Unlike the Mets, the Pirates have a right-handed bat they can pair with Davis in Gaby Sanchez, who mashes lefties but cannot hit righties. The Mets got a lot of great time out of Davis, but it was time for him to move on.
Week three also brought the return of Chris Young, which was just in time as the Mets are so hurting for outfielders they have called up 40-year-old Bobby Abreu to play off the bench. Abreu will bring another left-handed bat to the outfield positions if he sticks around to play in his first big league game since 2012. New York has had big time trouble in the outfield, with offensive struggles from Curtis Granderson, and their best hitter of 2014 Juan Lagares now on the disabled list.
The trouble Granderson has had this year has been well-documented already, but he did have his first big moment of his Met career with a walk-off sac-fly against the Braves on Sunday. The contest was a 14-inning duel in which the Mets’ bullpen pitched eight perfect innings. They were almost perfectly matched by the Braves, whose relievers had gone 7.2 shutout innings before the Granderson sacrifice plated the winning run.
Now sitting three games back of first-place Atlanta in the standings, the Mets have had a decent start to the season. Their starters have been pretty good, as was expected. Their bullpen has been serviceable despite losing closer Bobby Parnell, and was the single biggest reason the team won on Sunday. The offense is still a major worry. New York has the lowest OPS in all of the National League at .620, and is second worst in all of baseball behind the Astros. Even with David Wright heating up the team is going to struggle to score.
With the way the team has been able to win on the backs of their pitchers, there is plenty of optimism to have about the year. The offense has to get better, the bullpen has been better than expected, and the young starters have room for improvement as well. The Mets continue their four game series this week against the St. Louis Cardinals before the Miami Marlins come to Citi Field for a weekend series.
Commentary by Brian Moore
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering New York Baseball