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Does New York Mets First Baseman Ike Davis Deserve to Keep His Job?

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COMMENTARY | Should the New York Mets give Josh Satin a chance to be their everyday first baseman?

Ike Davis sure hopes not.

Since his recall from Triple-A, Davis has four hits in 17 at-bats. He went 3-for-5 in his first game back at Milwaukee but has gone just 1-of-11 since. Clearly, this is far too small of a sample size to judge whether Davis has figured it out, but he needs to start producing soon.

Meanwhile, Davis' replacement, Josh Satin has been on a tear since making his season debut on June 12.

Satin snapped a 10-game hitting streak by going 0-for-1 in New York's 16-inning 4-3 win over San Francisco on Monday night. He'd also reached base in 16 straight games prior to pinch-hitting in the 14th inning.

Currently, Satin is hitting .375/.478/.589 in 65 plate appearances this season. Satin's .488 BABIP is unsustainable, but shouldn't the Mets figure out what they have in the 28-year-old Satin?

"Josh deserves some at-bats. Every team has someone that surprises you and saves you. And right now he's our savior, because this guy has come up and filled a big hole for us," said manager Terry Collins, according to MetsBlog.

Calling him their "savior" is a stretch by any measure, but could Satin replace Davis at first baseman? He's certainly impressed in his first extended playing time, but the Mets didn't recall Davis to stick him on the bench.

In his stint with Triple-A Las Vegas, Davis clubbed seven home runs in 75 at-bats. On June 24, he was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after hitting .474 with four homers in six games.

Davis made "big progress" at Las Vegas, according to the Star-Ledger, but needs to perform right away or risk losing his job. Prior to his demotion, Davis was hitting .161/.242/.258 with just five home runs and 16 RBIs in 186 at-bats.

New York is clearly clinging to a belief that Davis can turn it around in the second half of the season.

After a similarly slow start in 2012, Davis hit 20 home runs to go with a strong .888 OPS in the second half of the season. Of course, Davis had a season-ending ankle injury and a bout of Valley Fever to blame for his slow start last season. Davis lacks the excuses this season.

Satin has tallied eight RBIs in just 58 at-bats, which is nearly double Davis' current pace. Satin fits the moneyball mold with his high on-base percentage and low-power numbers while Davis is very much the opposite.

Satin's recent hot streak clearly wasn't enough to disrupt the Mets' plans of giving Davis a second chance at first base. Davis is just 26 years old -- two years younger than Satin -- and the Mets aren't ready to give up on a player who hit 32 home runs just last season.

There's no doubt that Satin has earned more at-bats, but the Mets need to figure out whether Davis is part of their future plans heading into an offseason where the team has committed to acquiring veteran talent in free agency. Davis is arbitration-eligible at the end of the season, but Mets could non-tender him and effectively make him a free agent, if they determine he isn't an essential part of their core.

For now, a more agreeable option is to platoon Davis and Satin at first base. Collins can use Satin against left-handed starters as Davis has struggled against southpaws throughout his career. Davis is a lifetime .209 hitter against lefties compared to .259 against righties.

As a righty, Satin has fared better against lefties in his short stint in Queens. It's hardly ideal to have a revolving door at first base, but the Mets could alternate between Satin and Davis based on the pitching matchup.

Deserving or not, Ike Davis has gotten his starting job back but if he falters, Satin will be there to pick up the slack.

Jon Krouner covers the New York Mets for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @jkrouner.

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