Sandy Alderson paid a visit to the booth during the rain delay of Thursday night’s game against the Padres. Here are some highlights:
— He refused to say what will happen when Jason Bay comes back from the disabled list. Without naming names, he suggested that part of the solution could involve Lucas Duda getting some playing time at first, at Ike Davis’s expense. “Taking the outfield and first base in the aggregate, it could squeeze some playing time for some players,” he said.
— Discussing the Mets vaunted pitching prospects, Alderson said he would like to see more consistency from Matt Harvey, and he said rehabbing pitcher Jenrry Mejia could end up in the Mets bullpen later in the season.
— Choosing his words carefully on whether the team plans on signing David Wright to a long-term contract, Alderson said, “We’re all very hopeful that long term David will be here. At this point I don’t see any impediment to that occurring.” He added that it depends on whether Wright wants to be there, which he has said that he does.
— On the lack of home runs by the Mets this season, Alderson said it is very difficult to win without power and so far “we haven’t seen the power.” He said the fact that the struggling Davis is the Mets home run leader with five “paints a stark picture.”
— Alderson said he is “pleased with the way this group has kept it going” despite injuries, but he said the team has given too many games away.