Things change in spring training, and they have in a big way for the Mets, who are now without Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin for the year with both having Tommy John surgery.
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:
HARVEY: Could he be Opening Day starter? (Getty)
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.
Jenrry Mejia: Will be the closer coming out of spring training with Bobby Parnell on the disabled list.
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.
Rafael Montero: He’s been up before and the Mets aren’t as protective of him as they are Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. He’s been able to get out lefty hitters.
Buddy Carlyle: He’s not shutdown coming out of the pen, but was decent for the Mets last summer.
Sean Gilmartin: I’m taking him over Scott Rice or Dario Alvarez because of his Rule 5 status.
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.
Anthony Recker: Gets the nod over Kevin Plawecki, whom the Mets want to have the at-bats.
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.