Every time a left-handed starter for the opposing team pitchers New York Mets Manager Jerry Manuel decides to sit left-handed hitters Ike Davis and Josh Thole.
For example, last night the Mets faced left-hander Wandy Ramirez. Both Josh Thole and Ike Davis sat and Mike Hessman and Henry Blanco took their place.
Davis has struggled since the All-Star break batting just .212. Thole has had only five at bats in the major leagues against lefties.
Manuel continues to sit the youngsters against the lefties. Last evenings win against the Houston Astros put the Mets at 59-59, 9 games back of the wild card.
Not exactly “in the race” as far as I am concerned.
However, is it wrong for Manuel to play like we are out? A lot of people feel that the Mets still have a shot at the wild card.
Yet, is having an outside shot at the wild card that important to bench two key future pieces of our organization because the book tells you to?
Davis is hitting .273 against lefties this season. Compared to his .237 against righties, that makes no sense to bench him. Especially playing Hessman, who, no disrespect, is a career minor leaguer.
These guys will never learn to hit lefties if they never get any at bats against them.
Plus what about these guys’ confidence? Davis is sitting there watching Hessman play in front of him, with a batting average of .180.
As for Thole, it is important for him to catch some pitchers because he is going to be catching these guys in the future. I would rather have him learn now then next season.
It’s really puzzling to me! I don’t understand why Manuel thinks this is a good idea, but it’s time for a change, before we lose Davis and Thole forever.