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What you should know about the Mets fifth starting pitcher

1) In the event he is healthy and able to pitch, Jenrry Mejia may start Friday, April 4, at Citi Field against the Reds, with Daisuke Matsuzaka held back to start April 6 in case Jon Niese needs more time on the disabled list, Terry Collins said Friday in Montreal.


2) Instead of carrying five starting pitchers, and with Niese on the DL, Matsuzaka is likely to start the season in Triple-A, allowing the Mets to carry one extra bench player until a fifth starting pitcher is needed.


3) Why is Matsuzaka the odd man out and not Mejia? According to league rules, if Mejia starts the year in Triple-A, he must remain there for 10 days, which means he wouldn’t be eligible to be promoted until April 10. Niese’s pending start is April 6. The rule doesn’t apply to Matsuzaka, who signed a minor-league deal.


4) Niese “feels good,” Collins said, a day after throwing a 59-pitch outing in a Grapefruit League game. He had a cortisone shot in his sore elbow 10 days ago. He is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game April 1, start the season the disabled list and hopefully start April 6.


5) In the event Mejia needs time to recover after being his with a line drive on Friday, Matsuzaka would likely start April 4 and John Lannan or Niese would probably start April 6.




40 comments
Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

It doesn't matter to me if Niese is healthy or not on April 6. As far as I'm concerned, I'd rather see Mejia & Dice-K than Niese & Mejia. Niese is an injury waiting to happen & with the way Dice-K pitched this spring, he deserves a spot in someone's major league rotation, preferably ours. I've seen & heard enough of Niese. The guy just isn't a winner & he lacks heart. Let him pitch in AAA & EARN a spot on this team, just as Mejia & Dice-K EARNED their spots.

greekgod
greekgod

The only way Wilpon will sell the team if he sees an average of 8-10k in the seats at game time......he knows since he owes $650,000,000.00 to investors and banks he  cannot afford a big payroll especially when other teams with less then a $75ml. payroll are making money for the owners.


This is a fact and Mets  fans have to live with it.

greekgod
greekgod

Mets will win between 70-78 games, not going to win more than that with Ike, Tejada and Duda on the field at any time during the  game plus the bullpen is a disaster. That is my opinion.....I predict 76 wins TOPS!

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Why are my comments disappearing?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Getting back to the subject, the plan for the starting line-up looks sensible and fair. I wish nothing but good luck for both Mejia and Matsuzaka. If it comes down to a choice between the two, may the best man win.

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

No matter who starts whatever games when the season starts its still 74 to 76 wins for my Metsies during the 2014 campaign. The small market payroll of under $90 million can't trump talent on clubs that spend say $130-$200 million per season. Year end and year out if you do the math. i

ts all that simple.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Interesting, especially if you are correct about the $650 mil. Because a losing ball club in the majors is still a cash-cow, why should they sell? The question is when does the low attendance actually hit their personal pocket-books in the face of TV revenues?

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Bill Florian  Nope. They can easily be .500 and I'm willing to bet they've got the talent (some yet to come up, Syndergaard/Montero/Puello/etc) to win 85 games. I honestly can't believe people can't see this. 

greekgod
greekgod

@hankypanky  They still have to make money with asses in he seats at game time. Wilpon and Co. do not want to repeat the early '70's when a night game brought in 8k at game time......I was there to see it......ugly!

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@greekgod @cleonsvan No, not controversial in the least bit, Just contributing to the discussion on another article. Do they close comments at some point?

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

@Steven Matregrano @Bill Florian If you examine the playoff contenders of the last 30 years there is a high correlation between spending and making the playoffs. Yes indeed there are exceptions of smaller payrolls doing well and vice versa but those exceptions are not the norm. For the most part bigger market spenders like the Yankees fare much better than tiny markets like KC. This was not the case 40 years ago. There is more inequity due to vast free agent bucks which in turn is due to vast cable and broadcast bucks. Just look at the Dodgers spending and the Time Warner 7 Billion buckaroos

 deal.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@The Feels @Bill Florian But none of those guys are here yet. I don't believe you will see Puello until September. The Mets spent 60 million on their outfield, they are not going to have some rookie show up their free agents. Remember, everything this team does is calculated and PR-driven. Syndegaard has a 150 innings cap and will be allowed to contribute very little once he gets up here (8 or 9 starts, maybe?). Montero is the only one who actually might contribute because of his presence and maturity on the mound.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@The Feels @Bill Florian Agreed. This is a better team than last year's 74-win squad. They're probably not a playoff team, but there's a lot to be excited about. Unfortunately much of it will be in Vegas to start the year, but it's coming.

greekgod
greekgod

@1harris1  Yes and I watched every game that I could. Love the Mets and its a shame that owners looking for total profit instead of managing a team with the right personnel.

1harris1
1harris1

You mean late 70's/early 80's. Essentially the years between Seaver's first departure and Gooden's rookie year.

greekgod
greekgod

@hankypanky  Also the girls screaming at Lee with not so nice language. hahaha

hankypanky
hankypanky

Yeah, you could actually hear the chatter on the field in those days. It may happen again if they falter at the starting gate.

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

@buckets @Bill Florian averages are very usefull since if you spend well under average you will not do as well as the average for the most part!

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@Bill Florian Unfortunately for the Mets the era of big name free agents appears to be over for now. The two best players in the game just signed extensions to stay with their teams. The Mets will have to reach that $110M mark by signing extensions with their own guys.

buckets
buckets

@Bill Florian  You can't use an average ranking and base your dollar amount on that.  Averages aren't useful if the spread of the data is so far apart.

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

@buckets @Bill Florian As the article say.....The average ranking of the 10 postseason teams is 14.7. That's 110 million on average to make the playoffs. Half spend more. and the Mets have not spent close to $110 million. Small markets simply DO NOT equate to playoffs. They must surrender great players to free agency bucks. Read it... $110 average. with many teams spending more who ultimately enter playoffs. Another way to say it...If the Mets had spent  50 million more every year since 2009 do you think that they would have won more games and a chance for the playoffs, won less games or about the same??? Granted, there is wise and unwise spending, but simply NOT spending that addl 50 million IS the crime of omission.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@cleonsvan  I believe you're highly mistaken. Chris Young will be traded at the deadline and Puello will come up, especially if he mashes in Vegas like he probably will. Anything is possible, I suppose. 

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

@The Feels @Bill Florian What is that surprise 82 wins?? 84 possibly??? Need in the vicinity of 90 wins to get one of the wild cards. A .500 team roster is light years away from that. That's the 50 million that is NOT being spent.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Bill Florian  Well, you're in for a surprise this season, but FWIW I agree about Eric Young Jr. He's a scrub. 

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

@The Feels @Bill Florian @Son of Harley I pay exacting

attention to the talent on the roster, but TODAY they Mets are 3 or 4 players short. Eric Young not an everyday player on a quality team. Same with his namesake from Oakland. As well the Scott Rices and others in pen are not MLB worthy. Mediocrity is ALWAYS very affordable. Add in a declining Grandy and its a recipe for a club at .500 or more likely a handful of games below. See the pattern. Excellent clubs have 25 ZMLB players and mediocre teams have between 18 and 20. The Mets have 20.