Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Spring Training Is Over

Posted by JD on April 3, 2010

Well, it’s been fun. Sort of. Ok, not really. There are a lot of question marks surrounding our favorite team as they make their way north, to say the least. But ready or not, here they come. The next game (and the 161 following it) will count. For posterity’s sake, here’s the cast of players the Mets will start the season with:

Starting Pitchers
Johan Santana
John Maine
Jon Niese
Mike Pelfrey
Oliver Perez

Bullpen
Sean Green
Hisanori Takahashi
Ryota Igarashi
Fernando Nieve
Jenrry Mejia
Pedro Feliciano
Francisco Rodriguez

Catchers
Rod Barajas
Henry Blanco

Infielders
Mike Jacobs
Luis Castillo
Frank Catalanotto
Alex Cora
Fernando Tatis
Ruben Tejada
David Wright

Outfielders
Jeff Francoeur
Angel Pagan
Gary Matthews, Jr.
Jason Bay

Those are the players you’ll see during introductions on Monday. Jose Reyes will knock someone off that list in a week or so and Carlos Beltran will do the same sometime in May (fingers crossed).  Personally I’d have taken Nelson Figueroa and Chris Carter north in place of Mejia and Jacobs. But that’s just me, and my paycheck doesn’t have a Mets logo on it. And so it goes.

For better or worse this is the team we’ll be rooting for when the gun goes off. It’s certainly not my vision of an optimized roster, but it’s the hand we’ve been dealt. It’s a long season and anything can happen, but it’s asking a lot to expect this group to be much more than a .500 team. I wouldn’t say it will take a Miracle to make the playoffs, but it might. Either way, it will be interesting to see how they meet the challenges that come their way.

I guess there’s really nothing left to say but this: Let’s Go Mets!

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