Every September, MLB rosters expand so minor-league players with potential can get a cup of coffee with the big-league team. No matter what the hype, avoid relying on these September call-ups to help your fantasy baseball team. Stick to the veteran players you know well and let the other owners in your league gamble on the rookies. You won’t regret it when the season ends with your team in first place. The other owners will be shaking their heads with regret for letting hype rule their decision-making processes.
The Oakland Athletics’ most effective pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night was first baseman Ike Davis.
Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games with Pittsburgh after he was acquired in an April trade from the Mets.
Pedro Alvarez homered and drove in three runs and Edinson Volquez pitched six shutout innings Sunday to propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gee is now 4-0 with a 3.61 earned run average in nine career starts in rubber games.
Only 23 homegrown Mets played in more career games for the club than Davis, who appeared in 433 games at first base for the Mets, the fifth-most in club history.
I don’t want to hear about upside, the fact that Ike Davis was once a top prospect who had brief success at the major league level. He had over four years to cement himself within this organization, and he never did.
The trade involves minor league right-hand reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named. So far this season, Ike is 5-for-24 with only one home run – although that homer was a walk-off grand slam,
The New York Mets bounced back after being swept by the Washington Nationals to take two of three from the Cincinnati Reds on their first homestand of the season.
Their spring training showdown never materialized, but now, just three games into the season, the Mets apparently have their minds made up on a starting first baseman.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed four hits in five scoreless innings and also had a RBI infield single, helping the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-0 Thursday in the final Florida spring training game for both teams.
Five straight losing seasons. That’s what the New York Mets have produced since moving into Citi Field. David Wright, for one, is tired of it.
The first-base situation will not alone determine whether Alderson gets his wish for a 90-win season. But it will play a role. Alderson did Duda, Davis and himself no favors by punting the situation away on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen who will win the job, but general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed on Tuesday that both power hitters will be on the Opening Day roster.
Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a two-run homer, leading the New York Mets to a 10-2 rout of a Miami Marlins’ split-squad on Saturday.