What does Ike Davis have to do to get his job back?

Sure, why not write another Ike Davis column!

You see, a lot has changed in the last week, as Josh Satin (Davis’ direct replacement) has gone on a tear and appears steadfast in wanting to keep the job at first base. Also, Davis is doing his best to reclaim the job, as he has now gone back-to-back games with hitting a home run in Las Vegas.

Satin, who hit his first career home run on Wednesday night, is blistering hot and now sports a mind-boggling .390/.510/.561 slash line (prior to Friday night’s game) to go with a sterling 1.071 OPS. Obviously you can’t sit Satin in favor of Davis while he is this hot, as that would set a terrible example.

On the flipside, though, when do you give Davis a fair chance to recapture his old job? In other words, what more does Davis have to do in Vegas to get the call back up to Queens? Or is his promotion directly tied exclusively to how Satin is doing?

Sure, Davis could use a little more instruction while working to stay consistent. However, through 21 games and 75 ABs, Davis is sporting a healthy 1.091 OPS to go along with seven home runs.

It’s safe to say that Davis got the message loud and clear that he was underperforming. He’s been in Vegas for nearly three weeks and has done what was asked of him. He took instructions, made some necessary adjustments and the results are starting to pay off.

When the Mets sent down Davis, it wasn’t to punish him, but rather it was a move to get him well and confident. By the looks of it, Davis has regained some of that lost confidence.

So, given what Satin has been doing (while having the luxury of facing a ton of lefties) lately and what Davis is capable of, it may be in the Mets’ best interest to at least platoon Satin with Davis. That may be the fairest solution.

Davis, for sure, has had his share of patented long, cold dry spells, but he has proven he can play in the major leagues. Just remember, all the major league data we have on Satin is what’s he’s done in 71 at-bats.

For those who are high on Satin, is 71 at-bats enough evidence?

Again, Satin should be applauded for the effort and production he has given the Mets-it’s been well received. Satin’s production has come at a time when the Mets have actually played some solid baseball. However, it’s still a bit shortsighted to suggest Satin can be a more productive first baseman than Davis based solely on this current hot streak.

Give Davis another chance and see if he can keep pace with Satin. If he can’t then maybe that’s the time you reassess Davis’ role with this club. But until then, Davis should be given a fair chance to reclaim his job while at least getting the majority of at-bats against righties.

Is there a place in New York for Josh Satin?

The Mets have no money and a glaring need for RHB. Given those two realities, it is a little strange that we have not heard more about plans to find playing time for Josh Satin. While he’s defensively challenged, Satin has hit everywhere he’s played in the minors, including a .286/.391/.442 line in 527 PA in Triple-A Buffalo last year.

Last year, Satin was primarily a first baseman (79 games) but he also saw time at 2B, 3B and DH. It seems just a bit strange that they did not try him in the outfield, even for a single game. The same organization that had no qualms about playing Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield has seemingly drawn the line at Satin.

Okay, so they didn’t want to move him to the outfield having never played a single game in his professional career. That makes some sense. So, let’s send him to Winter Ball with an outfielder’s mitt and see how it goes. Well, as of the morning of November 25th, Satin has yet to play a single Winter Ball game anywhere, much less show up in the outfield.

There’s probably a good reason why the Mets have refused to play Satin in the outfield. He is not fast and he doesn’t have a particularly good glove – you would prefer your outfield converters to have at least one of those qualities.

But as we’ve mentioned more than once, these are far from ideal times and they demand creative solutions. It’s hard to imagine Satin being worse than Duda while patrolling the outfield – it just seems like his bat would make it a gamble worth trying in Winter Ball with the idea of continuing the experiment in Spring Training as long as he didn’t lose a limb or something else extreme.

Perhaps the organization has already cut ties figuratively with Satin. Currently, he’s not even on the 40-man roster. He was this time last year, but he was removed last June when the Mets needed the spot to promote Pedro Beato. Satin went unclaimed and returned to the Mets.

Satin is in a tough position. If he’s to have any kind of career in the majors, it will be because of his bat. And he’s got good but not great minor league hitting stats. In another organization, he might get more of a shot, but with the Mets he’s caught up in a numbers game. New York also has Daniel Murphy in the majors with a similar skill set and the minor league system contains Wilmer Flores and Zach Lutz as corner infielders without great gloves looking to get by with their bats.

Still, it’s hard to ignore the .391 OBP he posted last year. While he did not hit particularly well against southpaws in 2012, he still managed to notch a .388 OBP against lefties, despite a .223 AVG against portsiders. Here’s how some Mets OF did in OBP against LHP last year:

.304 – Duda
.286 – Nieuwenhuis
.250 – Valdespin
.182 – Baxter

Since our Christmas tree is unlikely to have a righty-hitting OF sitting under it, the refusal to try to get Satin to fake it in an outfield corner for 50 games is a bit puzzling. I expect him to remain with the Mets after the Rule 5 Draft and I hope they give him the opportunity to play OF in Spring Training.

If he falls on his face – so what? He goes back to the minors as infield depth and nothing is lost. But the upside is that he can be a useful platoon bat from the right side of the plate, an area of need for the 2013 Mets. It’s disappointing that a potential low-cost solution seemingly was not even explored. Even if the odds were stacked against this being a success, Satin still has a greater chance to contribute for the Mets in the majors as an outfielder than anywhere in the infield.

Mets Minors: Gorski’s record-setting start comes to an end

Matt Harvey left Class A St. Lucie with an 8-2 record and a 2.37 ERA before heading to Class AA Binghamton. Darin Gorski has been even better than the 2010 first-rounder as the “ace” of the St. Lucie rotation.

Gorski set a club record with his 10th straight win July 18 against Clearwater, surpassing the nine straight wins by Pat Strange in 2000. Unfortunately, the lefthander’s streak ended Saturday when, despite a seven-inning complete game against Brevard County, he was beaten 3-2.

Gorski yielded three earned runs and six hits with a walk and four strikeouts, including a wind-aided homer in the seventh that cost him and the Mets the first of two seven-inning games.

“That’s how it goes sometimes,” Gorski told Bill Whitehead of the TCPalm.com. “I didn’t think it was that bad of a pitch. It was a changeup low and he got the bat on it. I didn’t think it was going to make it out.”

For the season, the 23-year-old is 10-1 with a Florida State League-best 2.15 ERA with 25 walks and 111 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings.

“It’s so much easier pitching with some confidence,” the Kutztown (Pa.) University alum told Whitehead. “The first couple of seasons had some rocky moments, but I had a good spring this year. I came in and pitched with confidence and pounded the strike zone.

Primarily a reliever in the first month, Gorski used a spot start in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Brevard County two months ago to plant himself firmly in the rotation. He is 10-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 15 starts. In his first start on April 27 in Bradenton, he struck out nine Marauders in the first three innings, and had 10 strikeouts in the first 11 outs recorded.

St. Lucie manager Pedro Lopez had Gorski in Brooklyn in 2009 after he was drafted and also last season at Savannah.

“It’s impressive, and I’m happy for him because he’s a hard-working kid. You want to see stories like his, Lopez told TCPalm.com. “He’s a guy who has battled and kept grinding, outing after outing, day after day.”

Meanwhile, Harvey continues to struggle at Class AA.

In his latest outing Saturday against Reading, the Phillies rode a three-run first inning to a 3-2 victory. Of the 18 runs Harvey has allowed with the B-Mets, 10 have come in the first inning. Overall, the 6-4 righthander is 0-3 with a 7.15 ERA and 31 hits allowed in 22 2/3 innings.

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St. Lucie 3B Jefry Marte was the talk of the club in April. The then 19-year-old hit .321 with four homers and 16 RBI in 23 games. However, the third baseman has lost his power touch since, drilling just one in his last 70 games – none in June or July. He has a .553 OPS this month and hasn’t reached .700 since posting a .920 OPS in April.

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Class AAA Buffalo first baseman Val Pascucci leads the International League with 68 RBI in his quest to become just the third player in the franchise’s modern era to lead the league, joining American Association leaders Jeromy Burnitz (1995) and Nigel Wilson (1996). Buffalo has not had the winner of the IL RBI race since Pancho Herrera had 108 in 1962.

The 32-year-old was originally a 15th-round draft pick of the Montreal Expos in 1999. Pascucci is batting .268/.388/.498 with 14 homers and 24 doubles in 89 games. He’s batting .366 with four homers and 17 RBI in his last 10 games.

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Infielder Josh Satin was promoted from Binghamton to Buffalo this week. The 26-year-old was 2-for-13 in his first three games with the Herd after batting .325 with an Eastern League-leading 35 doubles, 11 homers and 60 RBI at Binghamton.

Satin hit a combined .311 last year with 12 homers and 74 RBI at Class A Savannah and Binghamton and then went 16-for-41 in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League. He is a career .306 hitter in 412 minor league games.

“The goal for me coming into this season was to get here because once you’re here if you do well, you never know what can happen,” Satin told Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. “I’m thrilled to be here. I’m going to work my butt off to do everything I can to succeed and help the team. If all goes well, there’s always that chance. It’s great to be here.”

AROUND THE MINORS: Binghamton 2B Reese Havens returned from his latest injury by going 3-for-5 on Wednesday at Portland. He went 1-for-9 in his next three games and is batting .257/.333/.398 in 26 games at Class AA. He had been out since late June. … Teammate CF Matt den Dekker continues his power surge, drilling four homers over three games last week. He has six homers in 33 games for Binghamton and has rebounded after a poor start to hit .234/.315/.461 with 15 extra-base hits (6 homers) in 128 at-bats. The 23-year-old defensive whiz hit .296/.362/.494 at St. Lucie. … Savannah C Albert Cordero snapped a 1-for-11 skid with six RBI, including a two-run homer and a game-tying RBI in the seventh. He had three more hits Sunday to raise his average to .257 – .315 in the second half. … OF Juan Lagares was promoted from High Class A St. Lucie to Binghamton and went 6-for-9 in his first two games. The 22-year-old was leading the Florida State League in hitting at .339/.381/.495 with seven homers and 49 RBI in 81 games.

Mets Minors: The smooth and sleek Josh Satin

In his last 10 games, 2B Josh Satin is batting .406/.537/.781 over 40 PA. For the season, Satin has a .967 OPS in 85 games for Double-A Binghamton. Satin earned a callup to Binghamton last year and in 332 PA for the B-Mets he had a .308/.395/.472 line. He has bettered all three of his slash line totals this year and seems likely to get promoted to Triple-A before the season is over.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008, Satin has hit wherever he’s been. A two-time Cape Cod League All-Star, Satin played four years at Cal and in his senior season he led the Bears with a .379 AVG and finished second on the club with 18 HR. He was a first-team All Pac-10 selection and third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

He starred for Brooklyn in 2008 after he was drafted by the Mets, as he posted an .812 OPS for the Cyclones. In 2009 he split time between two Class-A clubs and had 48 extra-base hits in 462 ABs. Last year he started at Hi-A St. Lucie, where he notched an .865 OPS and forced his was to Double-A.

Satin was an alternate for the Arizona Fall League and he got into 12 games this past fall with the Mesa Solar Sox, where he batted .390 in 12 games.

An older prospect at age 26, Satin may not be a future star but he seems destined to reach the majors. With his ability to hit, along with questions about his defense, Satin seems like a righthanded version of Daniel Murphy. He’s played all four infield positions in the minors, further adding to the Murphy comparison.

BINGHAMTON BASHERS: Satin is not the only hitter flourishing at Double-A. SS Jordany Valdespin has five multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances. Valdespin has increased his average each month of the season, going from .221 to .281 to .330 to .383 here in July. Teammate OF Matt den Dekker got off to a slow start after being promoted to Binghamton, but is batting .316 over his last 10 games, with 12 runs scored. He also has 2 HR and 8 RBIs in that stretch.

FLORES STILL WAITING TO BREAK OUT: SS Wilmer Flores has struggled lately with just two hits in his last 18 at-bats. For the season, Flores has a .271/.312/.374 line. He’s always been one of the youngest players in his league, but Flores has shown little to no improvement over what he did at St. Lucie last year. Last year he had a .739 OPS in 67 games at Hi-A St. Lucie. It is too soon to give up on the soon-to-be 20-year old. But at some point he needs to put up some offensive numbers to justify the hype.

NEWS & NOTES: 3B Zach Lutz is 7-25 with a HR for Triple-A Buffalo since being activated from the DL. Lutz had been sidelined with a concussion… Bisons LHP Pat Misch allowed just 1 ER in two starts covering 12.1 with 0 BB and 9 Ks but was 0-1… Binghamton’s Jeurys Familia, who was winless in his first eight starts after being promoted from St. Lucie, won back-to-back games with 13 Ks in 10.1 IP… St. Lucie OF Pedro Zapata is on a 12-26 streak. He’s batting .389 in the month of July and carries a .319 overall average… OF Cory Vaughn continues to flourish for St. Lucie. He has a .947 OPS since his promotion and had a three-hit game Sunday versus Tampa…19-year-old 3B Aderlin Rodriguez has five hits in his last three games for Low-A Savannah. The youngster has good power numbers with 10 HR and 51 RBIs but has just a .226 AVG… C Jeffrey Glenn, a ninth-round draft pick in 2009, is tearing it up in the rookie Appalachian League. The 19-year old has three straight 2-hit games and had a .320/.352/.600 line after 14 games.