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If you haven’t noticed, we’ve moved a lot of our blog-worthy stuff these days over to social media. While I’ll still be updating this blog from time to time, I’d encourage you all to follow me on Twitter and “like” my Facebook page, both of which are great sources for Mets information, videos and links.

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Mets WAR leaders through Week 1

Time again to take a look at the Mets’ WAR winners and losers after one week of the season, per Fangraphs:

1. Matt Harvey, 0.3
2-t. Bartolo Colon, 0.2
2-t. Travis d’Arnaud, 0.2
2-t. Lucas Duda, 0.2
2-t. David Wright, 0.2

21-t. Wilmer Flores, -0.1
21-t. Jon Niese, -0.1
21-t. Ruben Tejada, -0.1
22-t. Juan Lagares, -0.2
22-t. Daniel Murphy, -0.2

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David Wright: Mejia “messed up and he needs to be punished”

David Wright, the son of a police officer, had some strong words to say about Jenrry Mejia’s drug suspension:

What is your reaction to Jenrry Mejia’s suspension?

“It’s obviously disappointing. Not only do you cost yourself 80 games and don’t get paid, but you’re hurting everyone in here. You’re letting down your teammates. And that probably means just as much, if not more, than hurting yourself. We’ve all discussed the drug policy at lengths. I think that the Players’ Association, the Commissioner’s Office, everybody in baseball has done their best to try to clean up this game as much as possible. And as much as it hurts, as much as we love Jenrry as a teammate, if you make a mistake, you’re going to be punished. Once Jenrry serves his punishment and comes back, we’ll welcome him and do whatever we can to make him feel like he’s part of this team. But for right now, he messed up and he needs to be punished.”

Does it surprise you?

“I’m not sure how surprised I am. There have been guys that have been suspended. There have been guys that have failed drug tests, and there are guys that continue to try to cheat the system or fail drug tests. The good news is it seems like the program is working. We’re trying to weed out the people who gain an unfair advantage. Unfortunately this time, it was a teammate.”

Will guys always try to cheat?

“It seems like it. I’m not sure what more we can do as a Players’ Association, or in baseball, to maybe educate everybody. But as much as you try to educate, there’s always going to be guys who try to beat the system. I’m not sure what Jenrry’s case was. I haven’t read if Jenrry said anything about it. But again, it’s just rules. You break rules, you get punished. You serve your punishment, you get back and we’ll try to welcome him back.”

Does Mejia owe the team an apology?

“I don’t know. I think he definitely let his teammates down. We’re disappointed in him. I’m not sure if that warrants an apology, but again, I think everybody in here would say that it’s pretty disappointing.”

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MRI shows no structural damage for Mejia

WASHINGTON — Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has avoided the worst. An MRI taken Tuesday on Mejia’s right elbow revealed inflammation but no structural damage, according to a person with knowledge of the results. The Mets have not yet commented on Mejia’s status, and therefore have not revealed whether they place to place him on the 15-day disabled list.

Mejia received a cortisone shot in New York City, where he met Tuesday with team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek. That should keep him sidelined for at least the next few days, if not longer.

Mejia, 25, first felt discomfort in his elbow while warming for a save opportunity during Monday’s Opening Day win over the Nationals. In Mejia’s absence, Buddy Carlyle earned his first career save, though manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia would be the leading candidate to close if Mejia is unavailable.

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Who should be the Mets’ fifth starter?

When Zack Wheeler tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, it seemed clear at the time that Dillon Gee would step back into the rotation, where he has experienced modest success over the past five seasons.

Not so fast, say some others within the organization, who are curious to see what Rafael Montero can do. What about you? Who should be the Mets’ fifth starter?

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Fred Wilpon and “the best meeting I’ve ever been a part of”

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Over the past half-decade, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon has made himself exceedingly scarce in public settings. And while Wilpon continues to avoid interview requests on a regular basis, he has become a more visible presence at Mets camp, frequently meeting with manager Terry Collins before and after games.

wilpon_fred720_wr9f5xxy_pe8vj3pcThat manifested itself in a different way early Monday morning, when Wilpon gathered everyone in big league camp for his first closed-door meeting with players in years. One player described the meeting as exceedingly positive and “very, very genuine,” saying Wilpon expressed to the players how badly he wants to win.

“Fred’s always been upbeat,” third baseman David Wright said. “I’d say that the vast majority of conversations that I’ve ever had with Mr. Wilpon have been very upbeat, so nothing different.”

Wilpon, who has not spoken on record in over two years, declined comment on the meeting, brushing past a group of media members with his bodyguard.

Players, however, did not describe Wilpon as angry or even upset, despite six straight losing seasons. To the contrary, they portrayed the 78-year-old owner as cheerful and optimistic; one player went as far as to call Monday’s gathering “the best meeting I’ve ever been a part of.”

“I’d like to think that whenever anybody has the floor, that it gets everybody’s attention,” Wright said. “When you have very few meetings, regardless of what the meetings are about, they mean a little bit more. When you start having meetings for the sake of having meetings, sometimes the message doesn’t quite come through. But when you have limited meetings about baseball, like we have, when somebody speaks, the message I think comes through a little clearer.”

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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:

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.

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.

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.

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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Odds for this much cake? Not so good.

Early Friday morning, members of the Mets’ culinary staff emerged from the clubhouse kitchen carrying three separate birthday cakes: one each for Michael Cuddyer (age 36), Johnny Monell (29) and Matt Harvey (26). The team also acknowledged Brandon Nimmo, in Minor League camp, who turned 22.

All four began this spring in a group of 57 players invited to big league camp, which begged the question of how ridiculous the odds of this happening must be. Though it takes just 23 people in a group for there to be at least a 50-percent chance of a shared birthday, four separate people sharing a birthday in a group of 57 seemed outlandish.

Not for Twitter follower @AdamMets, who used something called a Poisson Approximation to determine that the odds of this happening are roughly 0.81%:

So now you know, math whizzes. One of the cakes was Oreo-flavored, by the way, which in so many ways seems so much more interesting.

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Harvey (birth)Day goes swimmingly in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — Consider this mathematical improbability: Matt Harvey was one of four Mets players to celebrate a birthday on Friday, receiving an early-morning cake in the clubhouse alongside outfielder Michael Cuddyer and catcher Johnny Monell. (The fourth, outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo, is in Minor League camp.) But his celebration did not linger. At age 26, there was much work to do.

It certainly seemed like business as usual later in the day, when Harvey waited out a brief rain delay before setting a new high of 80 pitches in his 4 1/3-inning, one-run outing against the Cardinals. Though Harvey was less efficient than he would have liked, the most remarkable aspect of his outing was how unremarkable it all seemed. He was just plain old Matt Harvey, hitting 97 mph on a notoriously slow Roger Dean Stadium radar gun while keeping the Cardinals largely off the basepaths.

After giving up a leadoff double to Peter Bourjos, which resulted in a sacrifice fly, Harvey retired eight in a row until Bourjos reached again on a strikeout and wild pitch. Harvey struck out five in total, walking none and allowing three hits.

With a week until camp breaks, Harvey will start one more time in Florida, before making his season debut on April 9 in Washington. At that point, he will be 17-and-a-half months removed from Tommy John surgery.

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Harvey on Mets passing him over for Opening Day: “It’s something that I expected.”

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — As far back as September, Matt Harvey had penciled Opening Day onto his calendar, going as far as to proclaim that he was chalking the Nationals up “as a ‘W’” on April 6.

IMG_2812The realities of rehabilitation and the politics of Mets camp have slowed him only slightly. A more subdued Harvey tipped his cap on Tuesday to Bartolo Colon, who will receive the Opening Day start in his stead, and to Jacob deGrom, who will start the home opener. Harvey will pitch the third game of the season on April 9, as well as the Mets’ second home game on April 14.

“It’s something that I expected,” Harvey said. “I was happy to be healthy going into Spring Training, so … I’m happy that I get to start in Washington. I’m excited to throw there. We’re excited to match up with them.”

As for the ‘W’ he had penciled in on Opening Day?

“Bartolo’s got that covered,” Harvey said.

The Mets’ justification in avoiding Harvey for both openers was that they wanted to honor pitchers who actually contributed last year. While Harvey missed the entire season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Colon led the staff in innings and wins, and deGrom won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Theoretically, lining Harvey up for the second home game instead of the home opener also allows the Mets to draw two big crowds in a row to Citi Field.

“Obviously with Bartolo throwing 200 innings, getting 15 wins is well-deserved of Opening Day,” Harvey said. “And all that Jacob did last year, he obviously deserves Opening Day at home. I’m happy to be throwing in the first series and obviously extremely happy about throwing at home.”

Not that Harvey’s debut will lack juice. The Mets’ third game will pit him opposite Stephen Strasburg, one of the few pitchers in baseball who truly understands the hype surrounding Harvey. Back in April 2013, Harvey outdueled Strasburg in a game at Citi Field, prompting thousands of fans to chant “Harvey’s better!” during one of the more memorable games of his breakout season.

This time, the atmosphere should be just as electrically charged.

“That’s an important series for us, obviously opening up the season,” Harvey said. “Regardless of who we’re facing, there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done in Spring Training, and that’s a big series so we’re all excited.”

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