2010 Spring Training

MetsToday Sells Out

After over four years, 2511 posts, and over 9000 comments, MetsToday finally made the big time: it is now the official Mets blog of the ESPN SweetSpot, headed by Rob Neyer. Ah, so that explains the ESPN bar at the top of the page … Within an hour of the announcement, (1) dozens of loyal […]

2010 Spring Training

Final Cuts: Analysis

My apologies for not posting this earlier, but like most of the news out of Port St. Lucie this spring, it took me a long time to understand and extract the logic. Let’s just run through specific personnel. Nelson Figueroa (cut) – He’s not a Cy Young candidate. He’s barely an MLB-quality 5th starter. However, […]

2010 Spring Training

Jacobs vs. Carter but Not Davis

All signs are pointing toward Mike Jacobs starting at 1B while Daniel Murphy is on the mend. Is that the way it should be?

2010 Spring Training

Niese, Maine, Murphy, and other Mysteries

So much has happened in the past 24 hours, it’s taken me some time to let it all settle in my head. Let’s go over some of the incidents and decisions made by the Mets since yesterday. First, Jose Reyes will start the season

2010 Spring Training

Breaking News: Johan Santana to Start Opening Day

Some good news out of Port St. Lucie for Mets fans: Jerry Manuel has announced that former Cy Young Award Winner Johan Santana will get the ball on Opening Day — April 5th against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. I know, it’s April Fools, and you may think this is all […]

2010 Spring Training

Marlins Get Robertson and Other Moves

The Florida Marlins have acquired LHP Nate Robertson from the Tigers in exchange for minor league lefty Jay Voss. The Tigers will pick up all but $400K of Robertson’s $10M salary. Nice deal for the Fish, if you ask me, since Robertson slots right into the #3 spot of the rotation and costs them the […]

2010 Spring Training

Projected Opening Day Roster

Unlike past years, the Mets have a number of open slots for the 25-man roster — most of which correlate to the pitching staff. Let’s look at how the Opening Day roster shakes out and make some predictions. First, we’ll count down the guaranteed spots:

2010 Spring Training

Should You Be Concerned About Oliver Perez?

That headline is giving me a feeling of deja vu all over again … Luckily, spring training games don’t count. Luckily, spring training stats don’t matter. Unluckily, a pitcher who has shown zero progression through six weeks of spring training is unlikely to suddenly switch into a Cy Young candidate. Oliver Perez allowed three homeruns […]

2010 Spring Training

Should You Be Concerned About Mike Pelfrey?

Mike Pelfrey gave up 12 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings of work on Sunday, and has allowed 7 homeruns in his last two ST outings. His spring ERA is around 8. Should you be concerned with these numbers? Not necessarily, but there is some cause for concern. Yes, some of the homers were […]

2010 Spring Training

A Tradition No More

If you haven’t yet heard, the Mets’ stadium in Port St. Lucie will no longer be called “Tradition Field”. Turns out that the stadium’s naming rights were previously owned by a real estate development company based in Tradition (a town near PSL), and they’re having some financial difficulties. I KNOW as a rabid Mets fan […]

2010 Spring Training

Evaluating Ollie

Yesterday you may have seen the Mets – Braves spring training contest, in which Oliver Perez was the starting pitcher for the Mets. Perez threw four and a third innings before being lifted in favor of Raul Valdez. In those 4 1/3, Ollie allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks and struck out […]

2010 Spring Training

Jose Reyes Back in Action

If you’re just crawling out from under a rock, Jose Reyes’ thyroid levels have settled to normalcy and the Most Exciting Player On The Planet has been officially cleared for “baseball activities”. I think we can all agree — this is good news, and it’s wonderful to finally receive some legitimately good news out of […]

2010 Spring Training

The Situation at First Base

In Port St. Lucie, there is a “situation” — and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Sorrentino find his way into the mix. Because “The Situation” — meaning the Mets’ conundrum at first base, and not some guido from the Jersey Shore — grows more perplexing every day. Originally, first base was Daniel Murphy’s […]

2010 Spring Training
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Update: Carlos Monasterios

Some of you may remember the very brief career of Carlos Monasterios as a Met. At the conclusion of the winter meetings this past December, Monasterios was chosen by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft. However, the choice was actually made by the Dodgers, who had given the Mets cash considerations for the right […]

2010 Spring Training, Where They Are Now
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Mike Jacobs Catching Again?

According to Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News: Yes, that was Mike Jacobs this morning, with a bag of catching equipment in front of his locker. Jacobs looks like he’s the leading candidate for the final bench spot with the Mets, and the organization has asked him to catch on a limited basis in […]

2010 Spring Training