Opening Day is three weeks from today and there’s more than a foot of snow outside my door. The Mets lost today and now are 5-9 this spring. Today the Nationals lit up Jeurys Familia for five runs.
Results and stats don’t matter in spring training. It’s about getting ready for the season and right now Mickey Callaway’s team isn’t ready. Far from it.
Callaway and GM Sandy Alderson have a boatload of questions that must be addressed before the Cardinals get to town.
The following are the top five:
- What is the rotation?
- What is the make-up of the front end of the bullpen?
A: Familia, AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak and Jerry Blevins are the givens at the back end. If Gsellman and Lugo don’t start, one of them could end up in the pen. So might Rafael Montero, who is out of options. Jamie Callahan, Paul Sewald, Jacob Rhame and Hansel Robles will compete for the final spot or two.
- Who is the leadoff hitter?
A: Brandon Nimmo is the best bet because of his on-base percentage. But, will the Mets commit to him in center field until Michael Conforto returns or will they go with a platoon of Nimmo and Juan Lagares until then? Amed Rosario has the speed, but a poor on-base percentage. It could end up being Asdrubal Cabrera, who has a passable on-base percentage and can add some pop.
- Is there a healthy first baseman?
- How healthy is Yoenis Cespedes?
A: He played only 81 games last year with a quad injury and is having a slow spring. If the Mets are to be competitive, they need a big year from Cespedes.