When the dust finally settles on sprint training there’s going to be a fair amount of injustice in Met land
Players who should make the lineup but probably won’t
Ben Johnson and David Newhan – both seemingly competing for one or zero roster spots. Both have shown in my opinion this spring they’re ready for a shot at it but unlikely to get it
Mike Carp – lack of versatility will probably stop him claiming a spot but has shown he could help someone (although worrying little errors creeping in now)
Players who will make the lineup but probably shouldn’t
Moises Alou – the mere fact of being a veteran leftie will win him a spot but brings nothing else
Shawn Green – rumors that he has sorted out his swing and is not likely to maintain his 0-15 pace might well prove true after his first homer of the spring but I rather see Milledge or one of the Newhan/Johnson conundrum be given his spot. Green’s ability to play first will probably seal his spot.
Julio Franco – Your senior travel pass beckons, take the 7 train to retirement. His spot needs to go to one of young guns who have shown they’re ready. A wise sage, a good club man and steadying influence management will say, if that’s what they want – make him a coach and let him guide the new young buck in his spot.
The fifth spot?
Glavine, Hernandez and Maine seemed to have locked up three spots, Perez looks to have sneaked into the fourth bed while the fifth sport?
Pelfrey’s performance last night, giving up one run in four innings work should have convinced Willie to give him his head but my sneaking suspicion is that Chan Ho just has to post an equal performance to lock up job 5.
Life just isn’t fair
Mets crossed one off today in the battle for the starting spots as they released Alay Soler. Not one of the candidates for the rotation has really impressed me so far and with the inconsistant displays they have been turning in you have to wonder how long before Mets line up another firing squad?
The 2007 Cricket World Cup started today in the West Indies and Yorkshire’s new star signing, Pakistani Younis Khan made a right hash of his first innings, scoring just nine runs. I’m not as bothered now though because as I watched the Mets take on the Tribe on MLB TV while the cricket continue on my muted television I spotted Yorkshire’s next bowler. Lino Urdaneta decided to take up cricket in the bottom of the ninth, firstly bowling a short pitched bouncer past poor Castro who was suddenly playing wicketkeeper. Then the next ball was well bowled up in the blockhole but unfortunately Castro was still expecting a baseball toss and let that past him as well! Luckily when a caught and bowled chance then fell to Urdaneta he remembered enough to throw the ball to the right end. Howzat! The fielders appealed and thankfully the umpire raised his finger and the Mets had a one run win.
All this and a fourth innings press box scare as a black snake ran wild – I really must watch what I’m putting in the tea. Kids! Say no to Drugs!
Spent a wonderful Sunday morning lazing on the sofa listening to last night’s Mets spring training matchup on Gameday Audio. Oliver Perez pitched well enough over four innings, giving up just one run but once more the bullpen stuttered. David Newhan and Ben Johnson impressed me again, Newhan leads the Mets in spring training RBI’s and second only in total bases to …. Ben Johnson. It’s a shame it seems that they’re probably competing for one roster spot. It was Alay Soler’s turn to blow up on Saturday, giving up four runs in an innings and three batters work. Soler, Burgos, Heilman and Sele have all been reasonable during ST but have all suffered a one innings blowout which has generally cost the Mets a game.
The good thing is that the Nationals are looking as bad as every says they’re going to be and so hopefully I can look forward to watching three Mets wins during my live MLB debut