Monday, March 10, 2014

New York Mets weekend notes

Matt Harvey was at it again showing confidence that he will return to pitch in 2014.  He sent out a

tweet on Saturday.  It said this 2014 Harvey day will happen.  He is expected to miss the season

after Tommy John surgery but he said he wants to pitch.  I don't think that will happen or should


David Wright and Daniel Murphy each made their spring debuts on Friday.  Bartolo Colon and Bobby Parnell were scheduled to so do on Monday.  Noah Syndergaard pitched on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers and struggled a little bit.  He has been very good so far this spring though.  I doubt he will come north with the team but he is raising some eyebrows and keeping that hope for the future looking really bright. 

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are both still injured.  Ike Davis arrived to camp in a walking boot on Monday.  Terry Collins said that he will only use Eric Young Jr. at second if Murphy were hurt. 

The Mets hope for the future is in their pitching and they can't let Harvey dictate to them.  He needs to come back strong next year and they could contend.  If they have him, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Noah Syndergaard with guys like Montero, Familia etc either in the bullpen or knocking on the door they will have a good nucleas moving forward. 

The Mets made their first round of cuts on Monday.  Josh Edgin was optioned as well as Steven Matz, Erik Goeddel, Wilfredo Tovar and Cesar Puello.  The team also reassigned Jack Leathersich, John Church, Logan Verrett, Adam Kolarek, Chasen Bradford, Kevin Plawecki, Danny Muno, Dustin Lawley, Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn. 

John Lannan is competing for the final spot in the rotation.  He will start on Wednesday but manager Terry Collins said he will soon get work in the bullpen.  Wilmer Flores will start at shortstop Tuesday against the Cardinals.  They still don't like Ruben Tejada and are trying anything to not have him be their shortstop.  I don't necessarily blame them but they may have also affected Tejada.  The Mets will head to Las Vegas this weekend to take on the Chicago Cubs. 

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