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After the Mets wrapped up their final spring training game of the year against the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, Terry Collins announced virtually all of his opening day roster. He told the media what his starting lineup will look like tomorrow, and also revealed his starting outfield, which includes Lucas Duda in left, Collin Cowgill in center, and Marlon Byrdin right. Collins added that there will be no platoons in the outfield, as each of these ballplayers earned the every day job at their respective positions.
I’m incredibly happy to hear the Mets will shy away from platoons for right now; I know they do work at times, but I’m a big fan of lineup consistency. Allowing the same group of eight positions players to be on the lineup card every single night will help with creating some kind of chemistry and rhythm on the field. It could expose some weaknesses, but I’d rather see the Mets try it this way first before having to resort to platoons. I’m also elated that Collin Cowgill has gotten rewarded for his strong showing in Spring Training, as he’s finally going to get a chance to show everyone what he’s made of.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis made the ball club as the team’s fourth outfielder, bringing some very important defense to the table. However, the final opening day roster spot is still up in the air, and it’ll depend on what happens to Justin Turner. During their voluntary workout later today, the Mets will determine whether Turner needs to start the season on the disabled list or not. If he does, then Zach Lutz will join the team for tomorrow’s game. If not, then he’ll be heading to Triple-A.
Still in a bit of shock from the bad news he received this past week, Johan Santana has decided he wants to go through with his second shoulder capsule surgery on Tuesday. The 34-year-old southpaw said he’s not ready to hang up his spikes just yet, I don’t blame him. In all the reactions from players and fans to this news, everyone said the same thing; if anyone can come back from this a second time and step back on a Major League mound, it’s Johan. I wish him all the best in what will be another tough road to recovery, and while his Mets career is (probably) over, I will be rooting like hell for him to complete this comeback.
New York traveled across the Sunshine State to take on the Orioles before hopping on a plane to make they way up to Flushing, and Baltimore had their way with them. Nate McLouth, Steve Pearce, and Chris Davis hit four homers combined, while Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner didn’t exactly perform the way they would have liked in their final tuneups of the spring. You can get your Rising Apple recap right here.
There was plenty to read on Rising Apple yesterday; I talked about how Scott Rice is finally getting his chance in the Big Leagues after 15 years of professional baseball, while Michael Lecolant discussed how College Baseball is much different than some of the other big ticket intercollegiate athletics. Kevin Baez stresses that Collins needs his team to be fundamentally sound this year, while Rich Sparago gives us some of his Opening Day memories.
Only a day left before the Mets officially kick of 2013…it can’t come soon enough!