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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Update - Sporting News: Castillo and Emaus are frontrunners for 2B, Heyman seconds Castillo "to be a slight favorite"

According to Sports News:

Incumbent Luis Castillo and Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus are considered the front-runners in the competition to start at second base for the New York Mets, according to the New York Daily News.

Since the off season, there has been speculation that Castillo would need a strong spring to save not only his starting job but also his roster spot. Castillo, who will make $6 million in the final year of his contract in 2011, is hitting .286 this spring. Emaus is hitting .227.

"I don't think anybody has broken away from the pack," general manager Sandy Alderson told the Daily News. "One would like to see some separation, but maybe we'll see that in the next few days."

The Daily News speculates that Daniel Murphy, another contender to start at second base, will end up in a reserve role. And although they still are in the mix, Luis Hernandez and Justin Turner are considered to have only an "outside chance" to win the job.
Lets take OBP (On Base Percentage) into consideration, both Castillo and Emaus get on base..Money ball  theory/strategy... There is still week left in competition, let see what happens .....everyone is speculating.....

Update: 3:05PM

According to Jon Heyman, Luis Castillo remains a “slight favorite” to win the Mets’ second base job.

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