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March 31, 2012

The Opening Day roster

by @ 12:55 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Here is what I believe will be the opening day 25 man roster for the 2012 New York Mets, barring anything unforeseen.

Infield:
1B- Ike Davis
2B- Daniel Murphy
SS- Ruben Tejada
3B- David Wright

Outfield:
LF- Jason Bay
CF- Andres Torres(Could open season on DL. If so, Vinny Rottino will be the CF)
RF- Lucas Duda

Catcher:
C- Josh Thole

Bench:
INF Ronny Cedeno
INF Justin Turner
INF-OF Scott Hairston
C Mike Nickeas
OF Mike Baxter

Starting Rotation:
LH Johan Santana
RH Mike Pelfrey
LH Jon Niese
RH R.A. Dickey
RH Dillon Gee

Bullpen:
Closer: RH Frank Francisco
8th Inning: RH Bobby Parnell
Setup Man: RH Jon Rauch
Setup Man: RH Ramon Ramirez
Middleman: RH Manny Acosta
Lefty specialist: LH Daniel Herrera(As Southpaw specialist Tim Byrdak continues to rehab from Mid March surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee)
Long Man: Miguel Batista

March 25, 2012

Updates on Wright, Johan, Torres, S. Hairston and Ike, Team taking shape

by @ 9:28 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

As the New York Mets enter the final week of spring training they are dealing with some minor health issues with 6 to 8 players including franchise player 3B David Wright and ace lefty Johan Santana. Reports on both have been positive while the club has been cautious not to overwork 1B Ike Davis(Valley Fever, ankle injury from 2011) in camp. The team will use the last few days of camp to get everyone as healthy as possible and open the season at Citi Field vs the hated Atlanta Braves Thursday April 5th.

MEDICAL UPDATES: Wright appears close to returning from his oblique strain and took live batting practice Sunday March 25th, the team will determine early Monday morning when he will play in exhibition games. He could be in live action as early as today and should be in the lineup opening day barring any set backs. INF-OF Scott Hairston is also close and took BP Sunday as well. An almost identical diagnosis to Wright, he appears good to go. CF Andres Torres appears to have avoided a major injury with his right calf and is improving according to Mets skipper Terry Collins. Meanwhile, ace Johan Santana has really had a strong last 2 weeks of camp and will throw 90-95 pitches Monday vs the Cardinals.

FINAL ROSTER: The team has had some bumps and bruises to some relievers and outfielders specifically and probably has 3-4 spots up for grabs. LHRP Tim Brydak continues to recover from his early camp knee surgery but will more than likely not be available til mid April at the earliest. Thus, a lefty specialist spot appears to be down to LHP Danny Herrera and Single-A LHP Josh Edgin. The health of Torres and LF Jason Bay(hit in the right hand by a pitch March 25th, no update as I type) will impact any OF moves. Mike Baxter and Matt den Dekker can play center and have had strong camps. Mets prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis strained an oblique in early March and lost an opportunity to possibly make this team with a solid spring. Meanwhile, righty reliever Pedro Beato(strained rotator cuff) is a good bet to open the year on 15 day disabled list.

March 19, 2012

Breaking Mets News:Madoff case settled,On field:Johan coming along, Updates on Wright, Byrdak, Niese impressive, Pelfrey pounded

by @ 8:45 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Mark down March 19,2012 on your calendar if you are a fan of the New York Mets. The franchise and its leadership scored their first major victory since 2006 today. Owner Fred Wilpon and his family reached a financial settlement with the trustee in the Bernard Madoff ponzi sheme case and all indicators mark this as positive for the franchise heading forward. I am not a financial reporter but let me explain the base facts here. Mr. Wilpon and his partners were being sued by a group of investors Madoff defrauded and these victims claimed the Wilpon group knew about the scheme. They were looking to collect $386 million in court case that was due to start this week, the original lawsuit asked for $1 billion. After todays settlement, the most the Mets ownership will have to pay is $162 Million and they do not have to start payments until 2016 or 2017. Later this evening, the Mets announced they completed the sale of 12 minority ownership shares for $20 million apiece with the cash going to offset debts occurred during this trying financial situation. All reports have the Wilpon’s being in strong position moving forward due to the fact that they signed off on the settlement and would not do so if they believed it would jeopardize their ownership of the Mets. Lets hope this is the last time I am talking about this!!!! Or anything not on field related!!!!

Johan Progressing- The Mets ace lefty continues to build arm strength and build towards being on the mound in April after missing all of 2011 after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder late in 2010. He was hit hard in his 3rd start(4 hits, 5 runs(4 earned) in 2 and 2/3 innings vs. the Detroit Tigers) but has otherwise looked solid and is a good bet to be on the mound on Opening day. Santana threw 65 pitches(44 for strikes) and touched 92 on the gun.

Mash Unit- The Mets have two important players who are currently battling injury- Franchise face and 3B David Wright(Left Abdominal tear) and Lefty relief specialist Tim Byrdak(Torn meniscus in left knee) are questionable for opening day. Byrdak underwent surgery on March 13 but is now walking normally and is pushing to make the season opening roster. That type of injury usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Wright hit off a tee and swung at soft toss March 18th. #5 also believes he will be ready for the Opening Day April 5th but is being careful with an injury that can reoccur if you are not careful with it.

Rotation Roundup: RHSP Mike Pelfrey has been hit hard in the spring(0-2,14.90 ERA in 9 and 2/3 innings), allowing 20 hits and 16 runs in less than 10 innings. The ground ball machine has allowed an amazing 4 homer runs. His 3rd start vs the Houston Astros was particularily painful to watch as he gave up 8 hits and runs in 2 and 2/3 innings. LHSP Jon Niese ,however,has been impressive and seems poised for a big year. He is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 3 starts(10 and a third innings) and has K-ed 9 while walking 1.

March 10, 2012

Update on the Madoff-Wilpon trial and the potential financial ramifications on the ball club

by @ 7:55 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Wilpon family has been ordered to pay $83.3 million to the trustee in the civil suit brought against the Mets owners in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. A Judge ruled that principal owner Fred Wilpon must stand trial March 19th and the remaining $303 million in the original lawsuit filed by trustee Irving Picard is at stake in these hearings. Wilpon and fellow Mets owner Saul Katz are accused of negligence in their dealings with Madoff, who defrauded his clients out of an estimated $36 billion in one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. History.The Mets owners claim they were Madoff victims and had $500 million invested when his scheme was uncovered by law enforcement. The owners perilous financial situation has them seeking minority investors to raise up to $200 million in 10 limited partner shares.

The timing of this trial could not come at worse time for Mets fans. The clubs revenues are down drastically and the team has been a downward spiral since losing in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship series. The Mets claim they lost $70 million in 2011 and $51 million in 2010 and recent moves have the team’s on field payroll at $85 million after standing at $119 in 2010.A recent report in New York Newsday published the financial statements of the Queens Ballpark company,a Mets subsidiary that leases Citi Field, for 2011. Ticket revenue dropped 21%, concessions 20% while ball park attendance also declined from 2.55 million to 2.35. MLB should look long and hard at doing something to either make the Wilpons sell the team or bail them out. This is a business but a bad financial situation that has nothing to do with baseball is now hurting baseball and New York Mets fans. That is not good for the business of baseball. It might be approaching a time where Commissioner Bud Selig and his staff must take control ala the recent Los Angeles Dodgers-Frank McCourt fiasco.

March 4, 2012

Health updates on Ike Davis, David Wright

by @ 5:55 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

For once, I would like to write some reports regarding the New York Mets and have it not be about injuries, fevers and ponzi schemes. This will not be one of those days. Promising 1B Ike Davis, who missed most of 2011 with a serious ankle injury, appears to have contracted Valley Fever, a condition that causes extreme fatigue when you are not rested properly or run down. The Fever cost former Arizona Diamondbacks player Conor Jackson to miss most of the 2009 season. Symptoms include cough,chest pains, chills and shortness of breath.It even ended the career of Joe Vavra, who was a teammate of Mets manager Terry Collins, when they played together in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. While the diagnosis has not been confirmed, the team is approaching Davis with caution and closely monitoring their slugging 1B. Collins has pledged to give rest and days off as needed. So far the Mets have no indication that Davis will miss anytime in the regular season. Ike has not missed an drills so far in camp.

Meanwhile, the teams franchise player 3B David Wright has a minor left side issue and will not play in the team’s first two preseason games as a precautionary measure. After INF-OF Scott Hairston strained an oblique Saturday, the team is preceding with caution here. Hairston and Minor League 2B Reese Havens(Back) are scheduled to receive cortisone injections this Monday, March 5th.

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