Matt Harvey and the Mets can take a big step by defeating Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals tonight (NY Post).
Keith Hernandez is walking a fine line between analyst and fan boy (Daily News).
The Howard Hughes Corporation is close to buying the Las Vegas 51s, and hope to move the team to a safer neighborhood (Las Vegas Sun).
The snow and cold has messed with the Mets preparation (Carig, Newsday).
The Mets are hoping the cold weather doesn’t send them into a cold streak (Keh, NY Times).
Terry Collins is glad the Mets are not playing a doubleheader today (Puma, NY Post).
Collins wants Greg Burke to work on his change-up while in the minor leagues (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Ike Davis’ ankle injury represents the defining moment in his career (Diamond, Wall Street Journal).
Wally Backman crafts his managerial style from many mentors (Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Mets will have a compelling second half regardless of how April turns out (Davidoff, NY Post).
The Mets nearly drafted somebody other than Matt Harvey in the first round of the 2010 draft (Martino, Daily News).
The Rockies were not prepared for the amount of snow that fell at Coors Field this week (Castillo, Star Ledger).
Mets farmhands are still adjusting to the conditions in Las Vegas (de Los Santos, Las Vegas Sun).
Rafael Montero could provide the Mets trade leverage for the future (Lehman, NY Post).
Noah Syndergaard is looking like the real deal (Butler, Newsday).
Scott Atchison’s daughter suffers from a rare genetic disorder (Ackert, Daily News).
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
It’s very easy to start thinking about who might be dealt from the team’s excess to acquire outside help in the near future. The important takeaway from the discussion is that the Mets finally
have excess to deal from. Sandy Alderson has mentioned it, Paul DePodesta has mentioned it, and it’s pretty self evident as well the team has a wealth of young, top-tiered pitching talent spread all through the organization. Montero could be one guy who is dealt, but I could also see the Mets holding onto him. A lot will depend on their needs as well as needs for other organizations in trade discussions. The point is, nothing is set in stone, so there’s no way to make such predictions. For now, I am just sitting back, enjoying watching these guys develop, and looking forward to the next phase of the organization’s evolution – I believe we will begin to find out who will be a part of it, and who will not soon.
What is Jordany Valdespin? (Derespina, Newsday).
Can it be too cold to play baseball? (Kerwick, Bergen Record)
These five players could wind up being promoted to the Mets this season (Las Vegas Sun).
Mike Pelfrey holds no ill-will for the Mets (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
Personally, I wish nothing but the best for Pelfrey. Perhaps a change of scenery is precisely what he needs, as it just didn’t work out here for him in New York, despite a lot of hope and hard work. I’m glad he has overcome his elbow injury and is pitching so soon after surgery – he had Tommy John Surgery less than a year ago, and recovery from that is usually between 12-18 months.