Based on yesterday’s spring training game against the Yankees, it looks like all the Mets will be on the field on Opening Day. Tim Byrdak and Andres Torres both took part in today’s game. Torres looked good running the bases and Byrdak looked like his old self on the mound.
With all the bad talk surrounding the Mets this spring, they look like the most put together team in the NL East. I’m not saying they look like they’re going to win it all or anything, but they have everyone in place and they aren’t scrounging for leftovers like the Braves and Phillies. They know who is leading off, unlike the Nats and they aren’t looking combustible like the Marlins.
If I had to handicap the division, the Mets stand a good chance of a quick start, and that would help keep them relevant. The Indians did it last year and so did the Diamondbacks; the DBacks even made the playoffs. I would say the Marlins are going to win the division followed by the Phillies, Mets, Braves, Nats. But, anything can happen.
The Mets did score the most runs in the east last year, even with what seemed like a mediocre lineup. Could it happen again?
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda look like they’re going to hit 30+ HRs, and David Wright looks like the guy who was one of the best hitters in the league a few years back. Jason Bay still looks pathetic, but it’s not like anyone expected anything different.
The pitching looks pretty good, even with Mike Pelfrey’s early horrible starts. The bullpen is a mess again, thanks to all these overpriced relievers the Mets brought in. Frank Francisco has been hurt all spring and just had his knee drained, Jon Rauch has not looked good, and Ramirez has looked average at best. Edgin should have made this team and Parnell should be the closer, but Rauch and Ramirez will probably get their chances first.
Come Thursday, it all starts to count. Santana takes the mound and there’s no turning back.