Fans of change will undoubtedly be excited by the team that takes the field for the Mets on Opening Day in 2011. Certainly 6 of the 9 players that did so on Opening Day in 2010 will not be present. C Rod Barajas, 1B Mike Jacobs, SS Alex Cora, CF Gary Matthews Jr. and RF Jeff Francoeur are no longer with the organization (no tears have been shed), and SP Johan Santana will be on the disabled list (many tears have been shed). With Jason Bay‘s concussion situation yet unresolved, and Luis Castillo‘s ongoing presence a reasonable question, David Wright may be the only repeat Opening Day starter for the Mets in 2011.
Hopefully Bay will be healthy and starting. C, 1B & SS will likely be manned by Josh Thole, Ike Davis and Jose Reyes respectively. CF and RF may well be patrolled by Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan but not necessarily in that order. Ideally 2B will be ABC (Anyone But Castillo).
But when the New York Mets begin the 2011 season April 1st in Miami against the Florida Marlins who will the Mets send to the mound to oppose likely Opening Day starter Josh Johnson? 5 days later who will match up against Roy Halladay in Philadelphia? 5 days after that who will start the Citi Field home opener against Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez?
By default the answer to all of those questions may be Mike Pelfrey. Are you satisfied with or resigned to that? Would you prefer another in house option, or perhaps someone who is not yet a Met? Let us know in the comments.