Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, March 28

With so many cuts and injuries over the past two weeks, let’s give this another go:

metsbagLineup:
CF Juan Lagares
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Curtis Granderson
C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Wilmer Flores
2B Matt Reynolds

In light of the Mets’ comments yesterday regarding Daniel Murphy, I’m going to go ahead and assume Murphy will miss the season’s first five games. That opens the door for Danny Muno to make the roster, but Reynolds seems to be the choice here given his torrid spring.

Bench:
C Anthony Recker
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF John Mayberry, Jr.

INF Ruben Tejada
INF Eric Campbell

No changes here. Though the Mets continue to talk about Muno as an option, theoretically at the expense of Campbell, I have a hard time envisioning that actually happening. Campbell, for the Mets, is a known asset.

Rotation:
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Jacob deGrom
RHP Matt Harvey
LHP Jon Niese

RHP Dillon Gee

Again, while the Mets have talked about using Rafael Montero here, they’ve also spoken at length about what Gee means to the club. Gee’s job may not be safe for long, but right now it is.

Bullpen:
RHP Jenrry Mejia (CL)
RHP Jeurys Familia

RHP Vic Black
RHP Carlos Torres
RHP Rafael Montero
RHP Buddy Carlyle
LHP Sean Gilmartin

The lefty competition is still wide open, though Gilmartin seems to have reestablished himself as the favorite with a few successful outings in a row. The biggest question mark here is Black, who climbed back on a mound Saturday for the first time in two weeks. Black’s status remains iffy for Opening Day, making it conceivable the Mets could add a second lefty — Scott Rice or Dario Alvarez — to the mix, or perhaps even prospect Zach Thornton, who’s had a nice spring.

Disabled list:
2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Zack Wheeler, LHP Josh Edgin.

Still in camp:
C Johnny Monell*, INF Danny Muno*, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Cesar Puello, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Zach Thornton*, LHP Dario Alvarez, RHP Scott Rice*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

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