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Will Ike Davis be on the move again this winter?

Ike Davis during a public appearance after his rookie season with the Mets. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ike Davis during a public appearance after his rookie season with the Mets. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Mets first baseman Ike Davis is likely to be the subject of trade rumors again this winter, according to Daily News baseball columnist Andy Martino.

While Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington publicly maintains that the team sees Pedro Alvarez as a third baseman, many believe the Pirates will move him to first base because of a throwing problem he developed this season. And that makes Davis expendable.

After being acquired from the Mets in April, Davis, 27, hit .235 with a .343 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 46 RBI.

Davis earned $3.5 million this season and should expect some kind of raise through arbitration, so it’s possible that Pittsburgh will simply non-tender him. He could still be attractive to a team looking for a platoon player, and Martino mentions the Miami Marlins as one possible destination.

I’m not sure how I feel about seeing Davis play in the National League East again… while he didn’t do much against his former team this season (2-for-18, one run scored, two RBI), I’m afraid it might not continue to work out that way if he plays on a team that faces the Mets 18 or 19 times a season.

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9 moments from 2013: The marathon Mets game

During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.

This one was an awfully long “moment.”

Final-Score---20-innings

On June 5, it rained. On June 6, it rained some more. I took a chance and bought a ticket for the June 7 game, hoping I’d get to see a doubleheader with Matt Harvey pitching one of the games against the Miami Marlins.

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey pitches against the Miami Marlins on June 8, 2013 at Citi Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Mets disappointed me by deciding to go with a single game on June 7 and a doubleheader in September. As it turned out, that was a really fortunate decision.

I got to see Harvey match up against Jose Fernandez, but considering the overall quality of both team’s lineups, it’s tough to say how much credit to give them for it being a 1-1 tie when they left the game.

Actually, considering the Mets and Marlins bullpens both pitched five scoreless innings, I’d say the “credit” mostly belonged to the talent levels of the two teams’ hitters.

Then when inning 13 came around, both teams turned to the starters who would have pitched except for the rainout.

Shaun Marcum
Shaun Marcum pitches in relief against the Miami Marlins on June 8, 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

For the Mets, it was Shaun Marcum, who entered the game with an 0-6 record and had generally been terrible, though on occasion he did pitch almost well enough to win… if he played for a team that scored runs.

For the Marlins, it was Kevin Slowey. And for seven more innings, they matched zeros.

Naturally, in inning 20, Marcum finally allowed a run. And mercifully, Rick Ankiel, Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy were unable to extend the game further in the bottom half of the inning.

It took 6 hours and 25 minutes to play, 561 pitches were thrown, 41 players were used, and of an official crowd of 20,338 fans, only a few hundred remained to see the end.

I was one of them.

Mets dugout

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9 moments from 2013: A Rookie of the Year’s debut

I wish you a blessed Christmas. During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.

Today’s game didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but I noticed it when I was flipping through my scorecards.

Jose Fernandez makes his major league debut against the Mets (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Jose Fernandez makes his major league debut against the Mets (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On Sunday, April 7, 20-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez made his major league debut against the New York Mets, who started journeyman Aaron Laffey.

I was only at the game because SNY distributed free tickets to people who signed up for them, but I was curious about the guy the Marlins thought could jump from Single-A to the majors.

Although Fernandez had a great first outing – five innings, three hits, one walk and one run, eight strikeouts – it was tough to tell whether his success was based on skill or a Mets’ lineup that included Collin Cowgill, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker. And from the upper deck Promenade, it’s impossible to gauge pitches.

Fernandez went on to become an All-Star, then the National League Rookie of the Year and the third place finisher in the National League Cy Young voting. (Laffey would make one more start and two relief appearances before the Mets placed him on waivers.)

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision and both were out of the game after five innings. Marlon Byrd, who came into the game in a fifth inning double switch, got the game-winning walk-off hit against Steve Cishek.

At this point, I’d been to three games and the Mets won them all. I wouldn’t see another Mets’ victory until the last day of the season.

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Frustrating weekend leads to roster shakeup

Miami Marlins fans must love seeing games against the New York Mets come up on the schedule.

The Marlins, who have the worst record in Major League Baseball, have won their last five in a row against the Mets — including two this weekend. Eight of their 18 victories — 44 percent — have come at the Mets’ expense.

Saturday’s 20-inning affair was bizarre enough to take some of the sting away, but today’s loss wasn’t.

Ike Davis flails at a pitch on Saturday (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ike Davis flails at a pitch on Saturday (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Sandy Alderson has finally been moved to action. Rick Ankiel paid the price on Saturday when he was designated for assignment, likely signalling the end of his major league baseball career. Ike Davis, Robert Carson and Mike Baxter earned tickets to Las Vegas on Sunday.

On one hand, I feel bad for them. Davis and Carson were friendly and personable on the brief occasions when I’ve met them. Baxter sacrificed his body to give us the highlight of last year’s season.

Even Ankiel, who probably never should have been here in the first place, evokes some sympathy – he’s basically been told that he’s not good enough to do his job any longer. But it’s been clear for a while that they don’t belong in the major leagues.

On the other hand, I’d like to ship out most of the rest of the roster along with them.

The Mets starting pitching has been fine and David Wright is our All-Star (even though he’s probably not going to be the starter unless the Kung-Fu Panda strains something reaching for the buffet table.) Daniel Murphy has mostly been solid, Juan Lagares has shown flashes of promise, and that’s about it…

The Mets are 24th in runs scored, 20th in home runs, 27th in on-base percentage, and 27th in slugging percentage. Their offensive struggles are a team issue, and whoever Alderson calls up from Las Vegas (believed to be Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin) is unlikely to have the talent to significantly improve the situation.

It’s been a frustrating weekend, and the roster shuffling has the feel of re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Even so, I’m not ready to give up on them. Tomorrow night, I’ll probably be annoyed that there’s no Mets game to turn on at 7 p.m. Maybe I’ll even get out to another game on this home stand. (There’s a concert after Friday’s game, so there will be a second chance at entertainment if the Mets can’t provide it.)