Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/25

With injury situations beginning to clear up and the bullpen apparently set, I thought it was about time to pin down an Opening Day roster in full. Here’s the best bet as of Sunday evening:

C: Josh Thole
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Ruben Tejada
OF: Jason Bay
OF: Andres Torres
OF: Lucas Duda

Bench: Mike Nickeas
Bench: Ronny Cedeno
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Scott Hairston
Bench: Mike Baxter*

LHP: Johan Santana
RHP: R.A. Dickey
LHP: Jon Niese
RHP: Mike Pelfrey
RHP: Dillon Gee

RHP: Frank Francisco
RHP: Jon Rauch
RHP: Ramon Ramirez
RHP: Manny Acosta
RHP: Bobby Parnell
LHP: Garrett Olson*
RHP: Miguel Batista*

*Denotes non-roster invitee.

Others with a chance: INF Jordany Valdespin, OF Adam Loewen, OF Vinny Rottino, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Matt den Dekker, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP D.J. Carrasco.

Analysis: Injuries will dictate the final spots on the roster. If Torres and Hairston are both healthy, life is easy for Terry Collins. If one or both are injured, it could create opportunities for up to five different players. This scenario also assumes health for Bay and Wright, who should both be good to go. Torres is the one injured Met who seems most questionable.

Right now, Baxter holds the edge over Loewen due to a better overall offensive and defensive performance this spring. Barring a monster slump over the next week, I see him making the team as a left-handed pinch-hitter regardless of the injury situation.

As for the bullpen, Edgin still has a chance to — ahem — edge out Olson as Tim Byrdak’s injury sub. If Carrasco is not healthy — and that appears to be the case — then Miguel Batista is the clear favorite to lock down the club’s final bullpen spot. He easily might have won it over Carrasco anyway.

This 25-man roster configuration would require the Mets to free up three 40-man roster spots, with Jeremy Hefner, Armando Rodriguez, Josh Satin and Zach Lutz seemingly most at risk.

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2 Comments

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I feel that if we were in a weaker division like the West (hypothetically) we’d at least be real competitive, but instead we’re gonna get steamrolled…

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