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February 26, 2017

The Good(Wright, Conforto) and Bad(Duda) spotlight 1st week of Camp, Mets Notes

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3rd baseman and captain David Wright(Neck Surgery) continues to make good progress and OF Michael Conforto looks primed for a big year  as the New York Mets kicked off Spring Training. Wright is still only throwing in controlled 60 feet environments and on alternate days but #5 appears lose and in good spirits. He is DH-ing in games and might not be ready to open the season at the hot corner but he looks limber  and the team has depth in the infield with either Jose Reyes or Wilmer Flores being able to man Third.  OF Michael Conforto also has looked great and might make the organization find an everyday role for him with his hot bat. Meanwhile, Lucas Duda has back spasms and tightness in his hips, both core related issues. He received cortisone shots in both hip joints and will rest. Never a good sign to see your everyday 1B who is coming back from a season cut short by back issues battling in camp. But, again, the team has options with either Jay Bruce or Conforto as well as Flores being options at 1B. Manager Terry Collins mentioned in his media briefing Saturday even good team guy Neil Walker volunteered to take reps at First as well. Obviously both the Duda and Wright situations should be monitored closely and are keys to the success of the 2017 New York Mets.

Mets Notes: Collins has a plan for the inevitable domestic violence suspension for his closer Jeurys Familia: Addison Reed…No issues with the big 4 starting pitchers; Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey and Matz. Zack Wheeler has innings cap(100 max area) and is dealing with minor issues but I think he will   be a good option out of the pen and spot starts… Another team key C Travis d’Arnaud looks strong in camp and his whole focus needs to be on staying healthy. When he plays, he is good and so are the Mets.. Very business like, yet relax, we are good feel to camp. Good mix of veterans and kids but also young experience. Nice blend and Collins knows it. Beaming in camp. All smiles…. This team has few open spots and someone like Conforto might be forced to open the season in Las Vegas. Thats how deep and talented the Mets are. 

February 18, 2017

Thor to start opening day vs Atlanta at Citi Field

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Skipper Terry Collins confirmed what Mets fans have known for a year: Noah Syndergaard is his ace and will take the ball Monday April 3rd vs the Braves in New York. No word yet on the next 4 spots but you can bet Jacob de Grom will start game two with Matt Harvey in the 3 spot and Steven Matz 4. The competition for the 5th spot will work itself out but the feeling with this blogger is that Zack Wheeler, with his 100 innings cap, is best suited out of the pen and either 2nd year guys Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo is in the rotation.

February 15, 2017

Spring Training Update

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Several updates as the Mets opened camp this week in Port St Lucie, Florida. 1st, Captain-3B David Wright(Back-Neck) has fielded balls and will throw sometime this week. Both #5 and OF Jay Bruce will work out at 1B as a backup plan for Lucas Duda’s recovery from back surgery. Meanwhile, P Zack Wheeler(Tommy John Surgery) had some discomfort throwing and both the team medical staff and Pitching coach Dan Warthen believe this is scar tissue related and not serious. Reliever Erik Goeddel(Bone Spur surgery) is rehabbing and should be ready to open season. INF Neil Walker and the Mets have talked about a long term extension. Walker is under a 1 yr 17.2 million dollar deal via his offseason qualifying offer. Meanwhile, NY manager Terry Collins thinks he has 2 bullpen spots to fill via camp competition and the team could carry 3 lefties in the pen. He also thinks with the looming suspension for closer Jeurys Familia coming soon, expect any and all options to earn save opportunities including newly resigned veteran Jerry Blevins.

February 4, 2017

Sandy scores, signs 3 to pen, Wilmer Wins

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Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson’s patience was rewarded Friday and he pounced, signing 3 veterans arms to the bullpen. Lefties Jerry Blevins(Huge for NY over his 2 seasons) and Tom Gorzellany(Been an excellent southpaw reliever until tough 2016) as well as Right Fernando Salas(Proven late inning arm) should have the Mets set to open camp and the season. Gorzellany’s deal is a non guaranteed minor league deal but very smart for both the player and team. New York needs as many viable arms as possible out of the pen with the domestic violence suspension of closer Jeurys Familia looming.  Meanwhile, Infielder and fan favorite Wilmer Flores won his arbitration case vs the club and New York appears to be set position players wise heading into Spring Training. However, with the team not getting good return-value on the trade  market for both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, CF Juan Lagares name has be linked to trade discussions. Stay Tuned.

 

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