Projecting the Opening Day roster: special edition

Today’s roster cuts made a lot of things clear. Without further ado, here’s what figures to be an extremely accurate projection of the Opening Day roster:

C : John Buck
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Collin Cowgill
OF: Marlon Byrd
Bench: Mike Baxter
Bench: Jordany Valdespin
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Omar Quintanilla
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Jon Niese
SP: Shaun Marcum
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Jeremy Hefner
RHP: Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP: Brandon Lyon
RHP: Scott Atchison
RHP: LaTroy Hawkins
RHP: Greg Burke
LHP: Josh Edgin
LHP: Pedro Feliciano

DL: Frank Francisco, Johan Santana

In the running: C Landon Powell, INF Zach Lutz, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Robert Carson.

Analysis: Powell’s demotion appears merely a formality at this point. Lutz makes the team only if Wright or Murphy is not fully healed from injury. Nieuwenhuis has almost no shot unless one of the other five outfielders are injured. Carson could still supplant Feliciano in the bullpen, particularly if 40-man roster issues vex the Mets, while Familia could still make the team over Burke. Other than that, the roster appears set.

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