Mets’ Projected Opening Day Roster

With football season out of the way. Actually, it was over a little after 7 Sunday night, it is time to project the Mets’ Opening Day roster. I am going against conventional wisdom in I am leaving Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares off the team.

ROTATION

Jon Niese: Manager Terry Collins already designated Niese the Opening Day starter. He’s the de facto No. 1 with Matt Harvey out, which means the Mets need more from him than 8-8.

Bartolo Colon: Veteran innings-eater signed to fill void left by Harvey’s injury.

Zack Wheeler: Big things are expected in his second year.

Dillon Gee: Threw 199 innings last year, making 200-plus the goal.

Jenrry Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka: Mets say Mejia progressing well from elbow surgery. If he’s not ready it will be Matsuzaka.

BULLPEN

Vic Black: Assuming Bobby Parnell is not ready, Black enters the season as the closer.

Scott Rice: After knocking on the door for 14 years he was a feel-good story last year. No doubts about him making roster this spring.

Kyle Farnsworth: Recent addition to provide veteran depth.

Carlos Torres: Can work in long relief, situational or as spot starter.

Gonzalez Germen: Very impressive last season. Throws hard.

Josh Edgin: The lefty presence.

Jeurys Familia: Has high ceiling.

CATCHER

Travis d’Arnaud: Had health issues last year, but healthy now. Goes in as the starter.

Anthony Recker: Provided power off the bench. Free-agent signing Taylor Teagarden is the veteran presence who’ll likely open the season in the minors.

INFIELD

Ike Davis: Here because the Mets couldn’t trade him. They have to keep him now to see if anything is left.

Daniel Murphy: Solid hitter but with limited power.

Ruben Tejada: Getting a second chance.

David Wright: Will he reach the .300-30-100 levels again?

Josh Satin: The right-handed platoon with Davis.

Wilmer Flores: Mets need to find him a position. I’m taking him over Lucas Duda because Duda and Davis are essentially the same player. Flores can also play first, third, second and could get a shortstop look.

Omar Quintanilla: Can play second and short.

OUTFIELD

Curtis Granderson: Mets’ biggest free-agent expenditure since Jason Bay. Hopefully, with better results.

Chris Young: Still wonder about this signing.

Eric Young: Team’s fastest player and best base stealer.

Matt den Dekker: Taking him over Juan Lagares because if the latter isn’t starting he should be in the minors getting consistent at-bats. Lagares stays if he starts.

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9 thoughts on “Mets’ Projected Opening Day Roster

  1. I think Gee should be #2or #3

    I think we need another lefty in the pen

    I think the OF sucks. Everyone here hits below 250. EY is not a starter. I think he has proven that his whole career and last year. Yes he is great on the bases and a very good OF, but he can’t hit. How do you go into a season with an OF this bad year after year? Defensively what you have is fine. I think Lagares should start if he has a good spring. They an push EY to the bench and rotate him in or come off the bench.

    David won’t get those numbers this year. There will be few people on the bases and no one but him and Dan in the lineup. Everyone else on this team hits 250 or less. How sucky is that? They will pitch to Dan and Dave when the bases are empty and pitch around them otherwise.

    They will pitch to EY, Ike, and everyone else the whole year.

    If Ruben and Ike bounce back we can make some noise. If not it will be a long season. We do not have mlb players in half the infield and I would argue the whole outfield.

    • I read where Chris young worked with Carew lately.

      If he can hit 280 then that changes everything.

      Why does everyone want to hit hr? Is it because they get rewarded for hitting hr even if they are clueless at the plate?

      See Ike and the new of guys. Clueless hitters who are rewarded because they promise to hit 20 or more hr.

  2. Two things:

    “Solid hitter but with limited power.” – Murphy has doubles power, and he hits a ton of them. I think that counts for something. Plus, he is double digits in HR most of the time.

    “I’m taking him over Lucas Duda because Duda and Davis are essentially the same player.” – Duda and Davis are NOT the same player. Davis is a fairly good defensive first baseman who Keith Hernandez is often heard to praise. Duda is a tree with a glove stuck on one of its branches.

      • Yes, but I agreewith mets fan.

        Doubles is power. Hitting as many as he does is power. It is not one swing and done, but a man on base will usually score.

        The point is Dan is not a singles hitter.

        Thanks for reminding me.