Ike's Big Day Applesauce - Davis brightens Met fan base, Beltran's knee update, Niese encouraging

Meet the Mets

It appears as though the Mets' promotion of Ike Davis to Citi Field was the best PR move the team has made in years. Sure, there are accusations of mismanaging the promotion (prohibiting Davis' parents from making it to NYC to catch the debut) and of rushing yet another prospect, but the mood among Met fans is downright giddy compared to what we've had so far. In one night we had a 24 year old starting pitcher who resembles Andy Pettite pitching well, a 23 year old first baseman getting two hits, and a 20 year old starter reliever closing out the game. It's downright exciting.

Let's not be reminded that, prior to Davis, the Mets had Mike Jacobs starting at first base. Or that Ike still hasn't shown much against left handers. Just enjoy the call-up because it's something fresh.

By the way, Carlos Beltran is getting his knee checked out by Colorado doctors to make sure he can begin running. Groan. There is no way that this doesn't end in a delay in Beltran's return. There goes all my residual Davis optimism.

Some minor league reports to pass along. Zach Lutz can hit. Dillon Gee is making a case to replace John Maine.

Mike Francesa wonders why Jesus would ever choose the Mets as compared to the rest of the NL East.

And, just in case you were wondering, the Citi Field jail cell has a big Met logo on it.

Around MLB

JA Happ will miss his next start due to some elbow problems.

Adam Dunn is getting pitched around big time. Maybe pitchers will start doing the same to David Eckstein.

Joe Maddon's neck temperature is getting a lot of attention.

Ron Villone is back with the Nationals. Eric Gagne will not be back with the Dodgers or anyone else.

Kaz Matsui has probably lost the Houston second base gig to other former Met, Jeff Keppinger.

Outside of MLB

Gamestation.com has released the souls of 7,500 of their online shoppers that they acquired on April Fools' Day.

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