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  1. I own him in one of my leagues and while you make a good case that this is bad for his owners, one positive I’ve taken out of this is that he may actually get more playing time with the Mets, because once he’s up, he’s going to be playing every day.
    Where as if the Jays called him up and he struggled at first, they’d be in a pennant race and not in a position where they’d be able to keep playing him.

    Comment by TheOneWhoKnocks — December 21, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  2. Good point, sir. Good point.

    Comment by JD Sussman — December 21, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  3. ‘Of course, the Giants are also intent on destroying Brandon Belt.’

    Sheesh, this gets more & more tedious every time I hear it. What did this have to do with the ‘piece’ anyways?

    Oh well, never underestimate the pervasive nature of ill conceived & simplistic narratives I suppose.

    Comment by Stan Gable — December 21, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  4. Ha, great handle. We’re done when you say we’re done……yo.

    Comment by Stan Gable — December 21, 2012 @ 11:04 am

  5. I think D’Arnaud makes a perfect platoon partner for Ike Davis if the goal is to get him in the lineup every day. I don’t think playing time will be an issue if he’s the real deal.

    Comment by Schu — December 21, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  6. “…whereas the Jays have added baseball’s best lead-off hitter, Jose Reyes…”

    Um, excuse me??

    Comment by Mike Trout — December 21, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  7. You’re 100% correct

    Comment by JD Sussman — December 21, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  8. If the goal is to get him in the lineup everyday, let’s assume that the best way to do that is to have him is at catcher. Even against LHP TdA and Davis are the best possible pairing given Ike’s defense and TdA’s defense. You wouldn’t move TdA away from catcher just to sit Ike. In that case you’re starting a back-up catcher over Davis. You’d move TdA away from catcher to get him into the lineup when otherwise he would be resting. Thus the equation is really just

    TdA (offense + defense) >? Ike( offense + defense) where offense is limited to the PA vs LHSP. I’m not sure that’s a fair assumption. Ike is an amazing defender and TdA’s defense at 1B is a question mark. It’s an interesting idea, but you can’t take a split at face value as true talent level.

    Comment by JD Sussman — December 21, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  9. I wouldn’t go so far to say Ike is excellent defender. When watched every day, holes in his fielding come to light, namely too many mistakes that shouldn’t occur, some mental…bad decision-making, and some physical including, but not limited to bad throws that don’t necessarily get recorded as errors.

    The tendency is to focus on his excellent footwork and great hands around the bag saving teammate errors. He’s excellent there, but he won’t be gold glove caliber until he consistently makes the plays he should and especially in pressure situations when he’s most vulnerable and mistake prone. There’s plenty room and need for him to grow as first baseman, and hopefully this is the year he shores up that component of his game. His defensive ceiling is high but I can’t say he’s yet to conquer the holes that revealed themselves during his Mets first spring training.

    Comment by LongTimeFan — December 21, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  10. Do you not pay attention to the Giants or something? I don’t know how anyone not named Bruce Bochy or Hank Schulman could disagree with this.

    Comment by Karana — December 21, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  11. Yes, I ‘pay attention’ to the Giants and I disagree with this specific beyond ridiculous & rampant sentiment that is constantly perpetuated. Major league managers, coaches & front office personnel tend to like being employed & if Belt warranted more run (as it were) then he would get it just as it is with every other major league franchise. It would also behoove the (largely successful) organization to have an in-house & affordable option seize the position & run with it – something which obviously hasn’t happened as of yet.

    While there’s at least been some progress, this almost certainly isn’t the second coming of Will Clark & a quarter of his career HRs have come at Coors Field during expanded roster season. Next year will be a big year for him but the team is foolish if it sinks & swims with him assuming little to no growth considering that modest likely upgrades shouldn’t be all that prohibitive.

    Comment by Stan Gable — December 26, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  12. Ha ha, oops. The widespread typos were one thing (free content & all) but what you pointed out is even more glaring, lol.

    Comment by Stan Gable — December 26, 2012 @ 10:31 am

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