Here’s tonight’s lineup for the Mets at Philadelphia:
Rafael Montero was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start tonight in Miami. To make room for him on the roster, infielder Danny Muno was optioned. Here’s tonight’s batting order against the Marlins:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Eric Campbell – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Ruben Tejada – SS
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
Anthony Recker – C
Rafael Montero – RHP
Another day, another batting order for the New York Mets:
Curtis Granderson, RF: A walking machine.
Travis d’Arnaud, C: He’s hot, but I didn’t see this coming.
Lucas Duda, 1B: Off to a terrific start.
MIchael Cuddyer, LF: Playing with bruised hand.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Homered the other day.
Juan Lagares, CF: Funny, I though the Mets wanted him to leadoff.
Jon Niese, LHP: Gave up three runs in last start.
The signs of what the Mets really think about Ruben Tejada couldn’t be any more clearer if they were in neon.
With Daniel Murphy a likely DL candidate to open the season, GM Sandy Alderson said Danny Muno – who went 2-for-4 in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to Detroit – and Matt Reynolds, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Yankees, are contenders to start the season at second base.
So, where does this leave Tejada?
“We’ll wait to see what the prognosis is on Murphy in a few days,’’ was how manager Terry Collins addressed the issue with reporters today.
If neither Alderson nor Collins believe Tejada is a viable candidate to start in place of Murphy – and he’s supposed to be the primary infield backup – then what is he doing in camp?
I’m not a big Tejada fan, but believe in being fair and respectful of players, not to mention honest. If Muno or Reynolds represent a future with the Mets that doesn’t include Tejada, then release him now and move on.
Alderson repeatedly toyed with Wilmer Flores over the winter, and his treatment of him was in a word, deplorable. Now, Alderson is trumping Flores as the starter. Exactly what kind of faith does Flores have with Alderson now?
Probably as little as Tejada’s faith in him.
It stinks how the Mets handle some players. This is a business and I comprehend promises can’t just be made and the team does have to protect itself. But, that doesn’t mean they have to handle things so coldly.
Don’t they realize there are players inside the organization taking notes on how the Mets treat their own?
They either don’t know or don’t care.
I figured on projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster several times this spring and I am minus two pitchers plus having second thoughts on other players, notably Dilson Herrera.
Here’s what I am thinking:
Matt Harvey: Has been solid all spring, and although the Mets say he won’t be the Opening Day starter, I’m not sold on that.
Bartolo Colon: He was my first choice to be Opening Day starter, but his 10.29 ERA gives me second thoughts. However, the way the rotation plays itself out after the off day, Colon would be the starter.
Jacob deGrom: Last year’s Rookie of the Year has been scintillating.
Jon Niese: He’s pitched well so far. I have him pegged as the No. 3 starter in the rotation.
Dillon Gee: There’s a reason why he wasn’t traded, and that reason is being examined in New York today.
Jeurys Familia: Will be the eighth-inning set-up reliever.
Vic Black: Has a balky shoulder, but expected to be ready.
Carlos Torres: Able to work in situational and long relief.
Buddy Carlyle: He’s not shutdown coming out of the pen, but was decent for the Mets last summer.
Travis d’Arnaud: He’s hitting a miserable .160, including a double and three RBI. He should get a long look before the Mets pull the plug.
Lucas Duda: A strained left intercostal has limited him to only 11 at-bats.
Daniel Murphy: The Mets will continue to look to trade him by the July 31 deadline.
Wilmer Flores: It’s his job and he’s done nothing to lose it, hitting .414 with two errors.
David Wright: The reports have been good on his health and swing.
Ruben Tejada: He’s having a decent spring, good enough to warrant staying on the team.
Eric Campbell: Very capable coming off the bench to spell Wright.
Michael Cuddyer: They still don’t know whether it will be right field or left field.
Juan Lagares: Having a great spring with a .467 on-base percentage, but we’re talking in playing only nine games with 27 at-bats.
Curtis Granderson: They don’t know where to play him, either in the field or in the order.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: He’s out of options, but his .483 average makes him worthy.
John Mayberry Jr.: Showing flashes of power, which is what they want.