Thursday, August 25, 2011
Insiders predict the 40-year-old Batista, who was released by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season, may be with the Mets as soon as this Friday's series opener against the Braves and is the best option to start. (The Post says a Sunday rainout against the Braves could be made up during a series in Atlanta in September, with the Mets as home team one game, although the more likely scenario is a mutual Sept. 8 off-day.)
Batista, meanwhile, allowed four runs on nine hits, including a pair of homers, in 5 2/3 innings in his past start, but the newly promoted Nickeas said: "That line can be taken with a grain of salt a little bit because it was in Columbus. The couple of homers that they hit, it's a small park, and the wind was blowing out. I would say they actually didn't hit him that hard. They just hit homers there."
Nickeas went on to say Batista has "a lot" left at age 40.
"His velocity has been good," Nickeas said. "His command has improved steadily since he started."
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
They have to find out who their 2B is going to be. The Mets have 4 potential 2B (Castillo, Emaus, Murphy, Turner) starters with Scott Hairston and Willie Harris also available at that position. Can Willie Harris play everyday over there or is it Murphy/Emaus platoon the solution. Of course, we can be ridden with another season of Luis Castillo at the bag.
The Mets have to figure out who will be their backup infielders. You have to figure that Chin-lung Hu has to be on the bench because he is versatile and can play multiple positions. They also have Ruben Tejada, Luis Hernandez who have weak bats, but have good defensive skills.
The Mets first and foremost have to find who is in the rotation besides Pelfrey, Niese, and Dickey. Now that Johan Santana will be back around July 4th, they have to find out if Chris Young can bounce back close to his Ace-like old form. They also have have to see if Capuano can blow his high cheese by people. The Mets can go also get help from some youngsters like Jenrry Mejia and Dillon Gee, who proved last year he might be ready for Major League Baseball. Mejia on the other hand, can get optioned back to AAA to work on his control. Waiting in the wings is Oliver Perez, who was reported to have a good session yesterday. Don't worry Mets Fans, he has not faced any live hitters of another team yet. The Mets also have outsiders like Boof Bonser ready to show he belongs.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
With the signing of Willie Harris to take over as the team's fourth outfielder and the high possibility of a Chris Young signing soon, it seems as though the Mets have addressed all of their needs heading into the season.
Granted, there are still position battles to be won (second base, bullpen and bench spots) as well as a ton of question marks.
It will now be up to Terry Collins to arrange those piece into a working entity. While there may not be anymore major additions, there certainly might be some addition by subtraction.
I'm sure you guessed it: Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. I'm curious as to what either of these players will have to do during spring training to make the club. Perez won't magically be able to throw strikes, and Castillo won't be stealing second and third base after laying down a bunt single.
If they show they are competent and might be able to contribute in some capacity, will the Mets take the gamble with them or would it be wise to eat their contracts and start fresh with younger talent?
And more importantly, will our core players be able to stay healthy and produce? The talent is undoubtedly there, but can it click all at once?
These questions and more should hopefully be answered during spring training and in the early part of the season. We have a month until pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie so I'm sure there will be tons of speculation and hype concerning position battles and injury updates.
I will list my projected 25-man roster at this point. Naturally, I am not the one making these decisions, but I tried to put together the most realistic roster that will give this team a shot at winning.
While the team may not look as good on paper as some of the Mets' teams from a few years ago, we should not write them off until we see them play for a few months. Teams can get hot, and hopefully the new management can inspire these players to play to their full potential. I know I'm am optimist, but that's the type of attitude that could lead to success in 2011.
Without further ado, here is my roster. I would love to hear other opinions and analysis. Please feel free to offer alternatives and provide your own explanation.
Note: I did not include Perez or Castillo since I feel this team is better without them.
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Angel Pagan RF (for now)
3. David Wright 3B
4. Carlos Beltran CF (for now)
5. Jason Bay LF (ahead of Davis due to speed)
6. Ike Davis 1B
7. Daniel Murphy 2B
8. Josh Thole C (I'm a little worried about the three straight lefties in the order)
C: Ronny Paulino (Mike Nickeas or Raul Chavez for first eight games)
INF: Brad Emaus
INF: Chin-lung Hu
OF: Willie Harris
OF: Nick Evans
1. Mike Pelfrey
2. R.A. Dickey
3. Jon Niese
4. Chris Young (assuming he signs)
5. Dillon Gee (but what happens when Johan returns?)
CL: Frankie Rodriguez
SU: Bobby Parnell
SU: Taylor Buchholz
LhR: Taylor Tankersley
Mid: D.J. Carrasco
Long: Chris Capuano (might be starting depending on Young)
Final spot: Manny Acosta, Pat Misch, or Pedro Beato (Beato has more upside and is a Rule 5 pick)
Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.