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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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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 2/14

With one day until Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., it’s time to update the Mets’ Opening Day roster projection. Manager Terry Collins shed some light on several areas in his state of the team address Friday morning, but first, a few notes:

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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.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot. So someone like Noah Syndergaard, who is not realistically competing for a rotation spot in Spring Training, will still be listed.
  • This list will be updated throughout the next two months based upon player acquisitions, injuries, Grapefruit League performances and comments from management.

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:
1B/OF Lucas Duda
OF Andrew Brown
1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
LHP Jon Niese

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

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*
RHP Kyle Farnsworth*
RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice

Injured:
RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, C Juan Centeno, C Kevin Plawecki*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Wilfredo Tovar, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Danny Muno*, INF Brandon Allen*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Juan Lagares, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Cesar Puello, OF Dustin Lawley*, OF Corey Vaughn*, OF Brandon Nimmo*, OF Matt Clark*, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Jeff Walters, RHP Chase Bradford*, RHP Joel Carreno*, RHP John Church*, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Noah Syndergaard*, RHP Cory Mazzoni*, RHP Logan Verrett*, RHP John Lannan*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP Josh Edgin, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Adam Kolarek*, LHP Jack Leathersich*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
It sounds like both Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth are front-runners to make the bullpen, which comes as no surprise. To make room, I bumped Josh Edgin to the Minors, leaving the Mets with just one lefty reliever. All it will take for Edgin to make the team, however, is a strong Grapefruit League showing. … Collins spoke at length about the value of having a fifth starter with experience, which was enough for me to give Daisuke Matsuzaka the nod over Jenrry Mejia. But as in the bullpen, this job is wide open. … I also moved Anthony Seratelli onto the bench over Omar Quintanilla due to Collins’ comments Friday, and kept Juan Lagares in the Minors. Collins affirmed yet again today that Eric Young, Jr., has a leg up on making the starting lineup over him.

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Mets 10, Nationals 1: Three Up, Three Down

Well that was unexpected.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  Another nice job by Gee, who kept pace with Jeremy Hefner in the competition to keep his rotation spot. When Zack Wheeler comes up, the Mets will have quite an interesting decision on their hands.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd may or may not be the word. Whatever it is, he just continues to hit, bashing two more home runs in the blowout.

3. C Anthony Recker: How about some love for the backup catcher? Not only does Recker seem to have established a groove with Gee as his batterymate, but he also rapped out two hits and drove in three runs.

Three Down:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla: Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit, so tonight’s downs go to those who only finished with one. Consider this also some belated punishment for his string of errors at shortstop.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Nope, this one isn’t fair either. But that’s the nature of the game; Duda lands on this list not for his offensive-sparking double, but for the three strikeouts that followed.

3. INF Justin Turner: Turner was the only Mets hitter to appear in the game and not record a hit. Of course, he was the only Mets hitter to receive only one at-bat. But Turner has actually been slumping at the plate for weeks now.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, OF Marlon Byrd
+5
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
RHP Jeremy Hefner
+3
SS Omar Quintanilla, INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Bobby Parnell, C Anthony Recker
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Rick Ankiel
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Nationals 3, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Jeremy Hefner just may be the unluckiest man in baseball.

Three Up:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner:  With Zack Wheeler waiting in the wings, Hefner just keeps on thriving. He holds a 3.60 ERA over his last eight starts, the first uninterrupted stretch of his career spent as a starting pitcher.

2. SS Omar Quintanilla: Have the Mets found their new leadoff man? Quintanilla’s history suggests that his hot streak is a fluke, but the Mets will certainly ride it for as long as it lasts.

3. RHP Brandon Lyon: On a night when the closer did not do his job, the setup man certainly did. These guys get even less love than closers when they do their job, but the same amount of blame when they don’t.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Is the league’s streakiest hitter (or one of them, at least) heading into a cold snap? Just like that, he’s 0-for-13, dragging his average down 20 points or so.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: Terry Collins bumped Ankiel down to eighth in the lineup, but he might soon consider leaving him off the card altogether. If not for Adam LaRoche’s error, Ankiel would have finished 0-for-3 with a popup, a strikeout and a double play.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: Parnell can’t be perfect every time. But his propensity for allowing leadoff doubles, even when he does convert the save, is somewhat troubling.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey
+5
C John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
INF Justin Turner,
RHP Jeremy Hefner, SS Omar Quintanilla
+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, OF Mike Baxter, OF Lucas Duda
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright, LHP Scott Rice
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Rick Ankiel
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Marlins 11, Mets 6: Three Up, Three Down

David Wright said “there’s probably a lot of teams” who think they can beat the Mets right now. The Marlins are certainly one of them.

Three Up:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla:  His three-hit night included a home run, but also another fielding error. Still, the Mets have been starved for this type of offensive production atop their order.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Is he finally on track? It’s way too soon to tell, but Ike’s home run to center field was a monster, and his multi-hit day was his second in the past two weeks.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: A nice day for Byrd, who walked twice, drove in a run and, unlike both of his fellow outfield starters, did not do anything embarrassing in the outfield.

Three Down:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: Not a good start from Harvey, who gave up a season-high 10 hits in a season-low five innings. Not everything was his fault — the defense played poorly behind him. But Harvey certainly struggled.

2. LHP Scott Rice: The Mets were in the game until Rice walked the bases loaded in the sixth, then gave up Marcel Ozuna’s back-breaking double. He probably shouldn’t have still been on the mound at that point, but still.

3. OF Rick Ankiel: Breaking forward (instead of back) on Ozuna’s double in the first inning was unacceptable, costing Harvey big time. What Ankiel has done at the plate is not entirely unsurprising, but his defensive struggles have been a bit of a shock.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Matt Harvey
+5
C John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd
+4
INF Justin Turner

+3
RHP Jeremy Hefner, SS Omar Quintanilla

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, OF Mike Baxter, OF Lucas Duda
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright, LHP Scott Rice
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Rick Ankiel

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Marlins 8, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Today’s Three Up should consider themselves lucky.

Three Up:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla:  Two singles accounted for two-thirds of the Mets’ offensive output against Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. They were also his third and fourth consecutive hits since snapping an 0-for-34 in the Majors.

2. SS Justin Turner: Pinch-hitting for Quintanilla, he knocked in the only run of the game with a double. That was enough for an “Up” on this day, despite Turner’s subsequent error in the field.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Duda got a hit. Most of his teammates did not. Good for Duda.

Three Down:
1. 3B David Wright: The captain’s 0-for-4 sunk him into an 0-for-13 funk at the plate. Accountability for a team-wide lack of offense must begin here.

2. C John Buck: Another 0-for-4 for Buck, this time with three swinging strikeouts. He probably should not be hitting fifth at this point, but problem is, the Mets have no obvious candidate to move up in the order.

3. RHP Collin McHugh: I have a hard time giving a “Down” to a pitcher making a spot start on short notice, but McHugh was facing the worst offensive team in baseball. The Mets were hoping for better than four runs in four-plus innings.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
2B Daniel Murphy
+5
C John Buck
+4
OF Marlon Byrd, INF Justin Turner

+3
RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter, SS Omar Quintanilla, OF Lucas Duda
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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Marlins 5, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Six good innings does not a good outing make.

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy:  Murphy was responsible for the Mets’ only run, part of a two-hit night for the second baseman. His white-hot May has some people thinking he could be an All-Star.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Now 6-for-his-last-19, Davis lashed a double into the left-center field gap, one of his hardest-hit balls of the season. Maybe he really is coming out of this season-long funk?

3. SS Omar Quintanilla: His error in the eighth inning may have cost the Mets a run, but his 2-for-4 night on offense out-weighed that. If Quintanilla can keep hitting, perhaps the Mets can finally stop worrying about their leadoff spot.

Three Down:
1. RHP Shaun Marcum: This seemed like a surefire “Up” until the seventh inning, when Marcum turned into a different pitcher. Five baserunners over a seven-batter span resulted in four runs, and that was that.

2. 3B David Wright: Wright has had a solid-but-not-spectacular first two months of the season. The Mets should be fine with that, as long as it means his production will not crash in the second half as it did a year ago.

3. OF Rick Ankiel: Ankiel’s 0-for-4 night included a double play, a strikeout, and no meaningful contributions on defense. His early hot streak seems to have come to a rapid end.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter, 3B David Wright
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, SS Omar Quintanilla
-1
RHP Collin McHugh
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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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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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/19

I’m not ready to place David Wright and Daniel Murphy on the disabled list to start the season, though there’s a good chance that will happen. We should have a much better idea on both of them after this weekend.

I am, however, ready to give Omar Quintanilla a roster spot over the struggling Brandon Hicks. The result:

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 Brandon Hicks, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Robert Carson.

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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/12

With the first round of cuts and almost exactly half the Grapefruit League schedule in the books, some changes this week to the projected roster. Most notably, I’ve penciled in the white-hot Jordany Valdespin for the bench, displacing Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Unlike some people, I still believe Brandon Hicks is at least on par with Omar Quintanilla for a backup infield spot. But that battle is close. I’ve also tentatively placed Pedro Feliciano back on the roster, displacing Robert Carson, who has yet to pitch a clean inning this spring.

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: Brandon Hicks
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, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Robert Carson.

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