It’s spring cleaning in Queens. A little late perhaps, but Sandy Alderson made the biggest shakeup up the season after today’s 8-4 loss to the Marlins, sending Ike Davis, Robert Carson, and Mike Baxter down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Davis’ struggles at the plate and on the field have, of course, been very well-chronicled. Davis showed signs of life last week against the Marlins and Yankees, but then went 1-for-13. He is hitting a dreadful .161/.242/.258 on the season with only five home runs. He has seen his walk rate go down, his strikeout rate skyrocket, and his power virtually disappear. Among qualified hitters, his .228 wOBA is second-worst in the majors only to Jeff Keppinger.
Robert Carson has been just as awful out of the bullpen. It’s a miracle that he’s even stayed on the roster this long. Carson was all along just a fill-in until Josh Edgin got back from his minor league assignment. Carson has given up seven home runs in 17 innings, posting an 8.47 ERA.
Baxter, unlike Carson, and Davis, was probably the most surprising moves, although that’s not saying much. Baxter, who was kept on the roster this season thanks to the ability to get on base at a high rate, has failed to hit. He has a .222 average, and an empty .222 at that. He hasn’t hit for any power, putting up a .079 ISO (league average is .149) and a .296 slugging percentage.
Satin will finally be getting a chance at a starting role. He has put up fantastic numbers in the minors his whole career, but has largely been cast aside because of his age. A fifth-year senior at Cal-Berkeley, Satin played his first pro game at 23, much later than usual. At that point he was already far behind, so unless he shot up the ladder quickly, the odds were against him. He is hitting .306/.421/.491 with nine home runs in 259 plate appearances in Vegas.
Josh Edgin was the first pitcher dumped from this year’s bullpen. Edgin allowed ten runs in 9.1 innings before being sent to Double-A Binghamton to get his confidence back. He has been in the minors awhile between Binghamton and Las Vegas, appearing in 16 games, but putting up a 6.75 ERA. The Mets really had no other options besides Jack Leathersich, who is still in Double-A.
Last, but not least, the biggest surprise: Collin Cowgill. He was named everyday center fielder out of spring training, but really had a rough go in the regular season, batting .157/.173/.294 in 19 games. He has been decent in Vegas, but hasn’t done anything to get excited about. His .267/.358/.442 isn’t very impressive for someone who plays half his games in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball. He has done terribly on the road, batting just .152 with a .513 OPS, compared to .304 and .887 at home.
The Mets have off tomorrow but begin a three-game series with the Cardinals on Tuesday.