Well there is only two and a half weeks before the Mets break Spring training, starting their season against the Florida Marlins in Miami. I know many of you are not going to like what I am about to say , but in my opinion it looks like Luis Castillo will be on the Mets roster come Opening Day. First off even though I do not care much for Slappy , I would embrace him making the team rather that The ” Sultan of Suckitude ” ( or as he is more affectionately known as these days ” Dead Scrub Walking“), Oliver Perez. Why you may ask me. Well first off no one else has risen above the competition for second base. Not Brad Eamus, not Justin Turner, and even though he is hitting well Daniel Murphy’s defense thus far has been atrocious. That’s not to say that Luis has reverted back to his old All Star form, his range has eroded considerably – but he does have a familiarity with Jose Reyes that helps when it comes to turning a double play. Luis is still useful in a limited role – whether it is in a platoon situation with Murph or as a late inning defensive replacement. Luis has shown that he wants to be here – unlike his partner in mediocrity- Oliver Perez. I believe Ollie will be given two to three chances in the bullpen before Spring training ends before he is released sometime next week.
In my opinion there is no way that this front office can justify with a straight face how Perez can be on the roster this season. Last year he was the proverbial white flag, to be trotted out when there was no chance in hell of stealing a win out of the jaws of defeat. I believe that the front office will take the gamble of keeping one of these two players, and if Luis is still struggling by mid season, and either Turner or Tejada are playing well in Buffalo , then Castillo will be released.
So here are my predictions on how the 2011 Opening Day roster will shake out.
1B. Ike Davis
2B. Luis Castillo
SS. J0se Reyes
3B. David Wright
C. Josh Thole
LF. Jason Bay
CF. Angel Pagan
RF. Carlos Beltran
Ronnie Paulino ( Mike Nickeas for the first 8 games)
Do you agree/disagree ? Speak your mind in the comments section. By the wa I will be as bold to say that I believe the Mets will win between 85-88 games this season.
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Current and former Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
Reserve outfielder from’66-’67, Al Luplow is 72 (1939).
Utility man from the ’65 season, Gary Kolb is 71 (1940) .
One of the most under appreciated men to ever wear a Mets uniform, pitcher Terry Leach is 57 (1954) .
Mets third base coach from the ’08 season, Luis Aguayo is 52 (1959).
Back up catcher from the ’98 season,Jorge Fabregas is 41(1970).
Our once and future ace, Johan Santana is 32 (1979). I hope that all reports of Johan having a major setback are false.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Mardie Cornejo to the Detroit Tigers for middle reliever – and one time Shea Stadium vendor, Ed Glynn on March 13, 1979.
The Detroit Tigers claimed reserve outfielder, Shane Halter of the New York Mets on waivers on March 13, 2000.
And while you are jonesing to see baseball games that actually mean something, just remember that there are just 19 Bobby Ojeda days remaining until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and only 26 more days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Instead of saying a black cloud follows the Mets , I propose that we say a Mo Vaughn Follows the Mets – same difference !!!