Showing posts with label State-of-the Mets address. Show all posts
Showing posts with label State-of-the Mets address. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mets Manager Terry Collins gave his State-of-the-Mets address


Terry Collins gave his state-of-the-Mets address This morning in Port St. Lucie. Here is a complete outline of what was said:
  •  Johan Santana's health is the most important thing this camp will determine. "In my mind, he'll be ready," Collins said about Santana being ready for Opening Day. Collins said he hopes to get 25 to 28 starts from Santana this season, with the southpaw getting skipped or pushed back at times during the season if he's healthy to ease him back to a full major league season after he missed 2011. Collins noted that with several team off-days in April, currently five of Santana's first six starts would be on an extra day of rest without the need to juggle the rotation. 
  • Collins reiterated that new center fielder Andres Torres is very likely his leadoff hitter, with Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada really the only alternatives. Murphy is locked in at second base (and probably as the No. 2 hitter), with the only thing that can disrupt Murphy being the Opening Day starter an injury. On days Torres does not play, Scott Hairston will be the backup center fielder. And when Ike Davis is off, Justin Turner will man first base. Turner has not seen any major league action at first base, and has made only one appearance in the minors there -- with Billings in 2006. The bottom line, though, is that with Ronny Cedeno as a backup middle infielder, Turner needs the versatility to maximize his usefulness. And the Mets don't want to shuttle Lucas Duda or Murphy to first base occasionally since they're learning new positions. 
  •  Collins cited the sixth and seventh slots in the bullpen, the bench and catcher as the primary battles in camp. Mike Nickeas is the logical frontrunner for the backup catcher position behind Josh Thole, but needs to prove in camp he can hit at a minimal acceptable level for the majors. Collins said Nickeas has worked to shorten his swing, which should help. "The days he plays we can't be hitting for him in the fifth inning," Collins said. Collins added that Rob Johnson and Lucas May, whom Collins knows from the Dodgers organization, are viable competitors to Nickeas. 
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