MetsPlus InsidePlus: Ike Davis “Valley Fever” still won’t go away; So why was he playing on the Mets the beginning of 2014?

It’s no secret that Ike Davis and first base was the biggest distraction the Mets had the past three years. The excuse for Davis low production? Injury, a bad swing, but most of all Valley Fever. 

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When the New York Post reported that Davis was still feeling the effects of the “nightmare” fever, we instantly deduced that Davis was playing through 2014 with Valley Fever. As a reminder, Davis got traded before May began, so it didn’t affect the Mets as much as the Pirates, but is Davis’ secrecy an issue that should be looked at further? Should Davis be held accountable for not telling the press of his continuous illness, so that we could have not played him, and given Duda the ball on Opening Day?

Once 2013 ended, Davis revealed that he still had lingering effects of Valley Fever, and we were all pretty shocked. Come Spring Training 2014, Davis deemed the Fever was gone. And while he wasn’t given a fair shot by the Mets, he was given regular play with the Pirates, and Pedro Alvarez kicked him out of town.


A reader sent me an email, recommending that the Mets should consider legal action against Ike Davis. While I won’t go that far, I believe that the players should have to release all medical documents that they receive. While I like Ike as a person, and I respect his professionalism on the field, I believe that when you have an X-ray done, it should be forwarded to the team that employees you. Wether it be the Mets, the Pirates or any other professional sports team in America, the team needs to know. Davis has Valley Fever? That’s too bad, but I don’t want him at first base, put him in the minors so he can build towards recovering.

Keeping Duda over Davis was one of the best managerial decisions that the Alderson/Collins era has ever made. Duda has a lot of promise at first base, and I believe we can get at least 25 home runs out of Duda again this year.

Thank you, and to new beginnings…

Niko Goutakolis:

Hello MetsPlus readers. Baseball returns to your TV Friday. Today, I wanted to share a brand new blog headed by the astute Michael Baron. Baron is a professional photographer and worked on SNY’s for a long time. Now, Mr.Baron starts a new endeavor with “Just Mets”. A baseball blog  under the MLBlogs umbrella. I suggest following his blog, as I will. Good luck to the Just Mets, MetsBlog and all other Mets Blog teams this season!

Originally posted on Just Mets:

M BaronFirst off, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes and support over the last couple of weeks. Six years ago when I started writing for, I never could’ve imagined anyone would actually care about my opinion on the Mets, my story as a fan, and my journey to this point. I never intended to gain anything from the experience except pure enjoyment and personal fulfillment (and a nice photographic screen saver for my computer). That all of you feel the way you do is incredibly humbling, and I don’t even know how to repay each and every one of you for your support.

Let's Go MetsI also want to thank Matthew Cerrone and everyone both at SNY and the Mets for everything they’ve done for me over the last six years. I have learned so much about digital content, blogging, social media, branding and marketing, and being a member of…

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Like last year, Mets Sluggers will rest for the first week

Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer, David Wright and Daniel Murphy will rest during the first few exhibition games, something Terry Collins introduced last year.


Collins said that this is an effort to ease them into game action. I believe that this puts a second half rush on the Mets big hitters, and could result in them starting the season slower than if they had start the had started with everyone else.

Collins was criticized for doing this last year with Murphy and Wright, but now has expanded to Grandy and Cuddyer. Here is the rest of Collins presser with the media:

Matt Harvey faces live hitters; Feels Good


Matt Harvey faced Curtis Granderson, David Wright and Daniel Murphy on Friday, with them not swinging in one of the backfields of the Tradition Field complex.

Harvey’s first game will be on March 6th (Friday) at Tradition Field LIVE on SNY at 1pm EST.

Mets announce first weeks starters

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When probable pitchers are announced, you know baseball is around the corner. Here are the planned starters for the first week of exhibition games (

March 4: Dillon Gee
March 5: Bartolo Colon, Gabriel Ynoa in relief
March 6 (on SNY): Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard in relief
March 7 (split-squad, home): Jacob deGrom, Matt Bowman in relief
March 7 (split-squad, away): Steven Matz, Rafael Montero in relief
March 8: Jon Niese, Tyler Pill and Dillon Gee in relief
March 9: Zack Wheeler, Carlos Torres in relief

I’m very excited to see that we will be seeing Matt Harvey on SNY in 8 days. I do wonder, however, why the Mets aren’t having Wheeler pitch until the 9th. I know its only a few days, but I think he should be pitching on the 4th as well. Gee has two starts before Wheeler toes the rubber? Interesting.

Lucas Duda injures Oblique; day to day

Duda is the first of many injuries for the Mets in 2015, luckily for the Mets, it was before games begin, and we mean exhibition games.


When asked about Duda’s oblique strain, manager Terry Collins said, “He’s going to start hitting in two to three days and everything is going to be fine.”. It was later released that Duda received a cortisone shot, and that he hasn’t swung a bat since January. Collins was oblivious to this, and his “day to day” status, might become 2-3 weeks. At least that’s my experience with the cortisone shot. There is over a month until the regular season starts, so I have faith that Duda’s injury won’t impact his productivity.

Terry Collins speaks to media

Terry Collins returned to camp this weekend and has put things in full gear. Just like Sandy Alderson, Terry sounded very optimistic, but noted that the departure of Eric Young Jr will hurt the Mets speed wise. It is an interesting question: Who will steal the most bases in 2015? Wright stole a lot of bases in 2013, but toned it down when he injured his hand doing just that in 2014. The only speed threat that could surprise a lot of people on the bases is Juan Lagares, but only if he is more aggressive. Other possible speed threats could include Daniel Murphy and Matt den Dekker (if he makes the team).

Air Review #1: 2/14/15 United 106 + Aegean 501 (Newark – Thessaloniki)

Niko Goutakolis:

Hello MetsPlus readers. I’m starting a new mini-series of reviews called AirPlus Reviews. For those of you that would like to check out my first flight review, read below!

Originally posted on Airline Plus Reviews:

My first Air Review is in the books. This itinerary is a two-part, as international travel is so long it’s worthy of two posts. Not only was this my first air review, it was my first time in an airport lounge! The United Club in Newark! Now, I knew coming into this that the United Club was among the worst airport lounges worldwide, so I didn’t have high expectations. Maybe I need to go to a Lufthansa Senator Lounge to have my opinion changed, but I enjoyed the United Club! United Club Newark Enterance

Upon entrance, we forfeited our one-time passes, and walked pass big double-doors. This didn’t look like a lounge, it looked like a train station! The gourmet options ranged all the way from Carrot Sticks to Crackers with nothing in-between! (insert SFflyer123 Carrot Stick joke) The drink selection was great, however. I had two Hot Chocolates, three Cranberry Juices, and a…

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Sandy Alderson speaks to the media in place of Collins

Sandy Alderson spoke to the media for the first time since the Winter Meetings. Terry Collins was originally supposed to speak to the media yesterday, but has left camp due to the passing of his father. He is expected back within the week.

Sandy sounded optimistic, but provided a lot of “I don’t know” responses, which kind of put me on edge…. again.

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The first game is on March 3rd for the New York Mets, with the first home game (also the first game that will be televised on SNY, will be on March 5th). I have not yet worked out my spring schedule and don’t know if I will be heading down. It looks cold in New York (I’m still in Greece) that we might sneak out there for a weekend.

Nelson Figueroa to be Mets Pre/Post game host


Nelson Figueroa made his final Mets appearance versus the Houston Astros on Game 162 of 2009 at Citi Field.

On a personal note, Figueroa was very nice to me. He signed my hat, twice, in 2009, and he was a very humble guy in post game press conferences, at least from what I can remember.

When SNY fired Bob Ojeda, I was a little surprised when Figgy was deemed the front runner. Mainly because besides an appearance on MLB Network, I hadn’t heard what Figueroa was doing in the past 5 years. I guess it’s a good thing, him along with Gelbs and Apple (doing new duties) comes the “New SNY”, and it could be good for the “New Mets”. Still, there was some criticism, like Jerry Seinfeld….


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