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What’s on Tap: Last split-squad games of the spring

The Mets will play a pair of split-squad games on Sunday.

In Orlando, Carlos Torres and his split-squad staff will take on Freddy Garcia and the Braves at 1:05 p.m.

In St. Lucie, Jenrry Mejia and his half of the team will face the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. Mejia is considered to still be in a competition with Daisuke Matsuzaka to be the team’s fifth starting pitcher, though most reports indicate Mejia will eventually be demoted to Triple-A.

The home game will air live on WPIX and WOR 710 AM.




11 comments
grillruben
grillruben

Everything I have seen over Dice K's body of work shows that his ceiling is a #5 guy that can give you 5 1/13 in 3 runs or so when he pitches, with the occasional shelling. He's got maybe a year, two if he's lucky left of that in the tank. His stuff is very average, he takes way too long in between pitches, doesn't have any above average pitches that can blow hitters away or keep them off balanced, and he's going to heavily tax the bullpen. He's going to have a lot of starts where he doesn't make it out of the fifth inning. Any above average lineup is going to have a picnic when he pitches.


Given that  information, and the fact that Mejia pitched like a front line starter in the LIMITED time we have seen him. He has tremendous stuff. The movement on his pitches is tremendous. He is still young and has some MLB experience. If he is fully healthy there is no logical reason to have Dice-K, who is getting hit hard in Spring Training in the rotation. If you want him as insurance for a long man/ spot start that's fine. But he has no future with this team and generally puts your team in a bag position every time he pitches


His pace and mediocrity make it almost impossible to watch his starts. That's not my reasoning for Mejia, that is just a fact.

hashburry
hashburry

Since when does a "squad" belong to a pitcher, let alone one who isn't really a starter and one who hasn't even made the club.  Where do these guys come up with these writing styles?

whizz17
whizz17

Mejia should be in the rotation. You are never going to find out about him until you give him a chance, last year was not enough. Let the kids pitch and get rid of these old retreads people will go to watch Mejia, nobody cares about Dice K.

grandpamet
grandpamet

Ive pretty much come to terms over the Dice K vs Mejia competition...Dice K will make starts Mejia will make starts...I'll survive

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

actually cold her in Texas too.....looking forward to watching BOTH games if Braves feed is

covering the other game....LGM

hankypanky
hankypanky

Woo-woo. Mejia on WPIX on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Somebody got it right.

hbk2004
hbk2004

@whizz17  It won't matter if Dice K makes it because there is zero chance that Jon Niese will be ready by April 6th. He hasn't pitched in a game in well over a week and has not gone beyond 3 innings this Spring

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

There's only one reason not to bring forth your 5 best starters and that's consideration of Super-2 status which doesn't apply to Mejia. Niese obviously won't be ready to make starts in the best of scenarios til he can go at least 5 innings in a game, preferably 6, and it sounds like we don't have to worry about that for awhile. So it appears to be Colon, Gee, Wheeler, Dick-K and Mejia for a bit. Niese and a bunch of young prospects will step in as needed. The rotation will be good enough to be a .500 team, and likely not good enough to be much more unless a lot goes right (Colon still has it in him to be at least a #3 starter, Gee and Niese do as well. Wheeler steps up to be at least a #2 starter, Dice-K steps up to be at least a #4 starter, and one of the young guys do surprisingly well). 


But the offense? Come on. Arguably among the worst 3-4 in the majors. 65-70 win material at best unless nearly everything goes right from a health standpoint AND D'Arnaud shows meaningful offense, and Davis approaches 30 homers with at least a .240 BA, C-Young does way better than most of us expect, and the Mets figure out how to get speed out of E-Young without losing Legares' amazing defense and I don't see how that happens unless Grandy or C-Young go down with a long term injury and that doesn't help at all. This is a team that's screaming out for a Drew signing because the difference between Tejada and Drew is at least 4 wins, maybe 5. And the Mets desperately need to get to .500 this year because with Harvey returning in 2015 and one trade and one FA signing, they become a 90 win threat for real, not just because SA and TC make fools of themselves saying it. Forget about 2015's shortstops. Most will sign. Anyone worthwhile will demand 5 years, $15M a year. Take advantage that there's a better than average SS willing to sign for 2-3 years and less money and take that black hole off the table.

1harris1
1harris1

@hbk2004 @whizz17 That may be true, but it's a joke that they're committing to Dice K.  The idea that we're looking to capitalize on his trade value by keeping him on the roster beyond May 1 is ridiculous.  The guy was signed as a minor league free agent, and hasn't impressed this spring.  Nobody is interested in him enough to give up anything of consequence for him in a trade.  He should not be on the roster at the expense of one of the young guys.