Sandy Alderson was on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove and here’s what we learned…

1) Realistically, the Mets could win up to 89 wins this season. “I think the team has the capacity to do that. We have the potential to do that without having to have super seasons from everyone,” Alderson said.

2) Matt Harvey will have a “normal spring” and start the season as the team’s planned.

3) Wilmer Flores will have every opportunity to win the starting job at shortstop, but, Alderson said, “there are a few guys in camp who could challenge him.”

4) The Mets had conversations with the Phillies about trading for SS Jimmy Rollins, but couldn’t get a deal done. Rollins said that the Mets were his No. 2 choice behind the Dodgers, where he eventually landed. >> Read more on MetsBlog and watch on SNY.tv

5) It’s tough to make trades during spring training, but Alderson will keep all his options open.


Steve Gelbs and Cliff Floyd break down Curtis Granderson‘s batting practice session >> Watch on SNY.tv

Jacob deGrom talks about his outlook for the 2015 season >> Watch on SNY.tv

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Who will be the Opening Day starting pitcher?

March 2, 2015, 9:35 am

Matt Harvey is the only starting pitcher not being considered for the Opening Day start on April 6 against the Nationals, Terry Collins said (Daily News, Mar. 2).

Collins said last week that he’d like to see Harvey pitch at least once during the team’s first five games of the season, as opposed to waiting for his debut the following week during the team’s first game at Citi Field.

Colon and other pitcher being debated for Opening Day

February 28, 2015, 6:54 am

The Mets are strongly considering Bartolo Colon for the Opening Day start against the Nationals in D.C., multiple sources told beat reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Feb. 27). According to Rubin, the choice is between Colon and another pitcher, but it’s too early in camp to decide >> Read more

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Mets set intrasquad pitching matchups

The Mets set their pitching matchups for Tuesday’s intrasquad game:

Team Blue

  • LHP Jonathon Niese
  • RHP Rafael Montero
  • LHP Sean Gilmartin
  • RHP Carlos Torres
  • RHP Vic Black

Team Orange

  • RHP Zack Wheeler
  • RHP Jenrry Mejia
  • RHP Buddy Carlyle
  • RHP Jeurys Familia
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What’s on Tap for Monday, March 2

Mets pitchers and catchers will continue their workouts at Tradition Field on Monday.

Matt Harvey will throw batting practice to hitters swinging bats today, for the first time since having surgery in 2013.

The Mets play their first Spring Training game on Wednesday, when they take on the Braves in Disney.

In case you missed it this weekend

Terry Collins said he’s leaning toward playing Michael Cuddyer in left field, with Curtis Granderson in right field >> Read more

Lucas Duda is still a week away from swinging a bat in a game >> Read more

Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins said that contrary to reports, he was open to being traded to the Mets >> Read more

New hitting coach Kevin Long discussed what his approach will be >> Read more


 

Matthew Cerrone’s photos from Mets camp on Sunday…

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Four things we learned from John Mayberry’s Q&A on Sunday…

SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked with Mets OF John Mayberry Jr. at Tradition Field on Sunday.

Here are four things we learned from Mayberry during the interview, which you can listen to in full at the end of this post…


1. So far, his teammates have proven to be a great group of guys, and they clearly have a lot of potential.

2. The Mets have as much ability as anyone in the division, which he feels qualified saying given he’s bene in the NL East the last six years.

3. He’s enjoyed learning new things by watching Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and other new teammates work in camp.

4. He’s open to playing any position the Mets decide to put him in.



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Cuddyer is deaf in one ear, but won’t stop him from playing LF

Michael Cuddyer is deaf in his left ear due to an illness as a child.

On Sunday, Terry Collins said he’s leaning toward playing Cuddyer in left field with Curtis Granderson in right.

This won’t be an issue for Cuddyer and his hearing, he said.

“Not even in the slightest,” Cuddyer said about if his loss of hearing will hurt his play, according to reporter Jared Diamond (WSJ, March 1).

Cuddyer has played almost exclusively in right field during his time in the outfield.

Photo (and thought) from PSL: Flores and Tejada still don’t look great on infield

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com


I want to believe in Wilmer Flores, and I think he’ll be fine, but it’s so clear watching him and Ruben Tejada that neither is an ideal option in the field. Tejada is more natural, obviously, but even he is not very quick in his movements, throws, footwork, etc… In fact, still, I hear Terry Collins taking shots at Ruben’s speed and hustle, while joking out loud to fans edging the infield. That said, while they made every routine play, it’s just a lot of anxious feet, locked ankles and hard hands…

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The data indicates Flores (or whomever is at shortstop) will likely get the least amount of opportunities than any other shortstop in the National League, thanks to the strike-out and fly-ball rates of his pitching staff. And, in games when Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese are pitching, I’m sure Tejada will get the start instead. But, neither is ideal.

Again, I think the net of it will be fine, given Wilmer’s bat, Tejada as a defensive upgrade and the ground ball data, but the downside continues to be massive at such an important position for the Mets.

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Terry Collins spoke to the media on Sunday and here’s what we learned…

1) Collins said he’s leaning toward using Michael Cuddyer in left field and Curtis Granderson in right field.

2) The manager reiterated that David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Cuddyer and Granderson will sit out the first two games of spring training.

3) Juan Lagares will lead off on Wednesday, in the first spring training game against the Braves.

4) Lucas Duda is still a week away from swinging in a game due to his left intercostal strain.

5) Zack Wheeler deserves consideration for the Mets opening day starter nod, Collins said.