OK, this was the post where I was supposed to give you my uber-scientific projections about the Mets reserves - those lucky few who get to ride the bench, and fill in (sometimes permanently) for injured starters.  But there were three problems.
  1. It was too depressing to project .230 batting averages (or less - I'm looking at you Mike Nickeas) for every player...
  2. Not enough readers probably care...
  3. And who knows exactly who will start the year on the bench?
So, instead of stat projections, let's take a closer look at #3, and project who will actually fill a reserve role for the Mets (hitters, not pitchers).  The candidates fall into several categories:The Locks:Will Make the Team Unless Rob Johnson or Lucas May Start Hitting Like Albert Pujols:
  • Mike Nickeas
Will Make the Team as Long as He's Healthy:Will Make the Team as Long as Scott Hairston's Not Healthy:And yes, one of them will make the team anyway.  Right now Baxter's having the best spring.Will Make the Team if He Can Play Center Field:
  • Jordany Valdespin (he made 32 errors at SS last year - why not try him at a new position?)
  • Adam Loewen
  • Mike Baxter
  • Lee Mazzilli
  • Mookie Wilson
  • Willie Mays
Will Make the Team if Andres Torres isn't Ready on Opening Day:
  • Matt den Dekker (he'll be overmatched by MLB pitching, but he's the best defensive center fielder - the Mets have said they want good defense in CF)
My prediction for Opening Day (assuming a 12-man pitching staff):
  • Cedeno
  • Turner
  • Baxter
  • Nickeas
  • den Dekker
How about your predictions?  Who do you think will be on the Mets bench on Opening Day?