March 2014

Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/24

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B Lucas Duda

INF Josh Satin
INF Omar Quintanilla*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan*

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Anthony Seratelli*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
It’s really getting down to crunch time now, with only 31 healthy players left in camp. The only change comes on the bench, where I moved Omar Quintanilla onto the roster over Anthony Seratelli. Neither backup infield candidate is hitting this spring, but Seratelli has committed four errors while Quintanilla has been solid with the glove. … I still don’t see Jenrry Mejia making the team over Daisuke Matsuzaka, particularly after Terry Collins expressed concern over the weekend regarding Mejia’s low innings total last summer. … Andrew Brown should be on the team only until Jon Niese is ready to return from injury April 6.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/23

There is officially one week to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Though Jenrry Mejia has outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka this spring, Mejia’s low innings total last year may preclude him from joining the Opening Day rotation.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Tim Teufel was probably not happy.” –Daniel Murphy on his between-the-legs throw to first, referring to the Mets’ third-base coach and infield instructor.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/22

What we learned: Daniel Murphy is still not quite healthy, but the Mets expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Honestly, I was a little scared. I haven’t done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened.” –Bartolo Colon, a long-time American Leaguer, on running the bases

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/19

Shhh…all’s quiet in Port St. Lucie as the Mets enjoyed their first and only off day of the spring. Me? I went to the food truck festival in Tradition.

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What we learned: The Nationals have set their season-opening rotation, with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann slated to face the Mets at Citi Field.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It was the most frightening thing I’ve ever been a part of.” –Reds right fielder Jay Bruce on Chapman’s injury

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 3/18

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B/OF Lucas Duda

1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP John Lannan*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
The Mets are down to 40 players in camp, which is saying something considering they began with 64. … Though Jon Niese has no structural damage in his elbow, there’s a decent chance the Mets push him back from his Opening Day start. If he spends the first few games of the year on the disabled list, that would free up the Mets to use a six-man bench to open the year, clearing a spot for Andrew Brown or Wilmer Flores. I chose Brown, giving the Mets a bit more outfield depth. I also have John Lannan making the bullpen, where he can step into the rotation if Niese suffers a setback.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/17

What we learned: Jon Niese is still OK. Presumably. His MRI came up clean, though he could still miss some time.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It was really good news. It was good to hear.”–Manager Terry Collins on Niese’s clean MRI

Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/16

Back to Florida, with two weeks to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Jon Niese could miss Opening Day with an elbow injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game in Jupiter, Fla.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s the Spring Training from hell.”–Niese

Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.

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What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/14

…well, from Port St. Lucie and Las Vegas.

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What we learned: Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are inching closer to game action.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/13

Things are starting to get hectic for the Mets. Many of them will skip Friday’s game, taking an afternoon flight bound for the glitz of Las Vegas. Once they return, it will be coming up on crunch time.

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What we learned: Noah Syndergaard is still really, really good at pitching.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I have been preparing, expecting myself to be in that position.” –Daisuke Matsuzaka on his chances to win the fifth starter’s job

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