Can you believe it, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, declared in a staff meeting his belief his team is capable of winning 90 games this season.
Manager Terry Collins told the players they should take it as a compliment.
It’s interesting to wonder if Alderson really believes this, then what his patience level would be for Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada if they struggle as in previous years.
In addition to the issues with Davis and Tejada, the Mets have significant questions with their starting pitching, which won’t include Matt Harvey. Also, the Mets have questions about their catcher, outfield and leadoff situation.
In addition this week:
* Davis (calves) and Lucas Duda (left hamstring) were sidelined. Tejada was also shelved with a strained hamstring.
* Pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard continued to impress with two scoreless innings Monday against the Braves.
* David Wright and Daniel Murphy, who sustained strained oblique muscles in previous camps, were held out of the first week of exhibition games. They played for the first time Friday.
* Curtis Granderson homered twice in an exhibition victory Tuesday over Houston.
* Relievers Vic Black and Gonzalez Germen struggled with control.
* Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who underwent elbow surgery, said he is willing to talk with Matt Harvey about his rehab.
* Jenrry Mejia, competing for a spot in the rotation or in the bullpen, said his elbow is pain free.
* Jonathon Niese said he’s not feeling pain in his left shoulder.
* Bartolo Colon and Bobby Parnell worked in an intrasquad game Thursday and were cleared to make their exhibition debut Monday.