Terry Collins said after Thursday’s game that he plans on picking one first basemen and letting him play for an extended period of time. Collins refused to name names, but reports say it will be Lucas Duda (insert collective sigh here).
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and Andy Martino of the Daily News report Duda is getting the nod over Ike Davis and Josh Satin. Martino tweeted that the “team wants to find out if he (Duda) can hold down job.”
This is news to Duda.
“That’s up to Terry and the coaches,” Lucas Duda said. “If I play, I’ll go out there and play hard. And if I don’t, I’ll come off the bench. Whatever they need.”
The three-headed first base monster of Duda/Davis/Satin was an extremely stupid idea to begin with. Even Davis knows that.
“It’s going to be obviously better for the person who gets to play more,” Davis said. “The other guy just has to have a different role. So it’s easier to kind of get in a routine if you have a role and you show up to the park and know what you have to work on and what you’re expected to do that day. That’s the difference.”
Blame Sandy Alderson for all of this; for having both Duda and Davis on the roster as well as the decision to choose Duda. Make no mistake, this is coming from the front office, not the manager’s office.
None of the three players actually earned this. I assumed Davis would eventually win the spot because he is the lesser of the three evils and he makes the most money. I should have known better; Alderson loves Lucas Duda and his willingness to buy into his flawed offensive philosophies of working the count and taking walks. How has that offense looked thus far this season?
So it looks like it will be Lucas Duda on first, for the time being, anyway. When you think Davis’s trade value could not sink any lower, somehow it does.