It’s always exciting to have a highly touted prospect make his Major League debut. That’s happening tonight for Ike Davis and the Mets. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Tobi Stoner getting optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo. But Mike Jacobs is the one that really paid the price by losing his position.
Much has been written about Davis and we’ll all be following his progress closely in the coming weeks. You can read a good summary about Davis’ stats at Fangraphs. But they threw in a line at the end that’s critical and we’ll get back to that in a minute. Even Beyond the Box Score chipped in with an opinion on the Davis promotion today. Their take is that this is another example of the Mets rushing their best prospects a la Jenry Mejia and Fernando Martinez. Continue reading
The Mets lose another series to the Cardinals. They haven’t won a series all season. It’s about as ugly as it can get in April. They only had 4 hits in the game and scored three runs in the third inning and one of those was unearned on Adam Wainwright’s throwing error.
Wainwright went the distance tonight only giving up the 4 hits. His opposition, John Maine, wasn’t great but looked better than he has in his previous starts. It did take him 115 pitches to get through five innings but that’s not unusual for Maine.
The goat of the game is Ryota Igarashi who gave up the game losing 2-run homer to Ryan Ludwick in the eighth inning. The Mets had to rely on Tobi Stoner to get through 2.1 IP and he did alright for a guy just in from Buffalo giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. They really had no choice after last night’s marathon game blew out everyone in the bullpen.
The Mets made a roster move to bring in Tobi Stoner from Triple-A Buffalo this afternoon. The surprise is that they designated Mike Jacobs for assignment instead of Raul Valdes. But after a 20 inning marathon last night they could use 13 pitchers on the roster for at least a day.
According to MLBTradeRumors, Jacobs does have an option left. So he could be forced to go to Buffalo. The Mets don’t typically force veterans to the minors though. They’ll probably release Jacobs if he requests it.
The big question is where this leaves the Mets at first base. They can certainly go for a while with Fernando Tatis, but not too long. And they’re certainly not going to go with 13 pitchers on the roster for long. Continue reading