A Call to Action for Chris Carter

Ike Davis was sent back to the Minor League camp this week. We all knew this was coming, but there were a group of fans hoping that Davis would be the surprise this year and make the big league club. Now that he’s gone, the Mets have to stop thinking about the bright future Davis brings to first base and focus on first base for 2010. The Mets have said over and over again that Daniel Murphy is the guy at first base, but it seems that no one has told him. This spring Murphy is batting .121 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. He’s only gotten 4 hits in 33 ABs and has struck out 7 times while only walking twice. During today’s game, Howard Johnson said that Murphy will begin to get back to old batting stance as spring progresses, hopefully this will solve his hitting problems. What seems to make no sense to me is why has he stuck to this stance? Spring Training is where you try different things out, but if they aren’t working and you’re hitting worse than some of the pitchers on your team, why would you wait to correct it with Opening Day less than 2 weeks away?  The guy the Mets signed to back up Murph is playing  just as bad. So far this spring Mike Jacobs is batting .208 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. Jacobs has shown better plate discipline this year with 5 walks, but he has also struck out 4 times. While these two players have been putting up terrible numbers, the Mets have a player who can play first base batting .444 with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.556. Not only does he play first, but he plays the corner outfield positions as well. This guy is Chris Carter and someone should let Jerry Manuel know. When Jerry talks about first base he talks about Murphy and Jacobs and when asked about Carter, Jerry says “He’s making a case for himself” and “He’s in the mix [for a pinch-hitting role.]” A lot of people are saying that Jacobs has the edge to make the team because he a lefty who can catch, but Carter is a lefty too, and I want you to think of something. When was the last time a team has had to use 3 catchers in an average game?

I say it’s time we give Chris Carter a chance, he’s only played in 13 Major League games and it appears that he has finally got his game together. This is a guy that most people project to hit around .270 with about 15 home runs and 70 RBIs. That’s a better all around projection than the 2010 projections for Murphy which are about .284/13/65 and Jacobs which are about .245/20/65. I understand you can’t rely too much on projections, but just look at what these players are capable of. When you talk about Murph, you use words like “potential” and “could” and “may.” Jacobs is more of sure thing, but you’re sure you’re getting a guy with sub par defense, a low batting average, and a shot at 25 HRs. When you look at Carter, you see a guy who has consistently hit around .300 with about 15-20 HRs and 65 RBIs in AAA. I’m not saying put Murphy on the bench, because I know that will never happen, but Carter deserves to be given a shot and now is as good a time as ever.

So I’m saying as fans we need to step up and tell the Mets we want Chris Carter. We want the player who gives us the best opportunity to win and not one who gives us “ifs” “possiblies.” Here’s to a successful season for Chris Carter.

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