With Shaun Marcum unable to make his Mets debut against the Miami Marlins this afternoon, New York had to make a couple roster moves to create room for Aaron Laffey. The likely candidate to get demoted in favor of Laffey was Jeurys Familia, and that’s exactly what the Mets did yesterdayafter their 7-3 win over Miami.
Also, since Laffey wasn’t put on the 40-man roster last week before the season started, someone else needed to be moved. Johan Santana obviously won’t be pitching this season, so he was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, clearing a roster spot for Laffey. He had a reasonably good spring training, so I will be interested to see how he fares in his regular season debut with the organization. He’s been used as both a starter and reliever throughout his career, and has dealt with some uneven results. He had good results in his 12 spring training innings, but he surrendered 13 hits and 6 walks, translating to a not so amazin’ 1.58 WHIP. Let’s hope he stays ahead of the Marlin hitters and is able to keep them off the base paths.
Just in case you want to keep track of all the franchise records David Wright holds, he continued to extend his greatness in the Orange and Blue with his glove yesterday. Once the ballgame finished, it marked the 60th straight error-less he’s played in at third base (according to MetsBlog). He broke Lenny Randle‘s record of 54 straight games without a mistake, which he had set in 1978. Meanwhile, Ruben Tejada is struggling with his glove, committing four errors now in the first five games of the season. He committed 12 errors all last season, and it does have Terry Collins a little concerned, as it should be. However, the manager said he wouldn’t be surprised if the cold weather is playing a role in his struggles. Whether it is or not, Ruben still needs to start making some plays.
Jonathon Niese helped New York stop their two-game losing streak with a 7-3 win yesterday against the Marlins. Niese didn’t get the decision, but he threw six tough innings before handing it off to the bullpen. They were able to keep it close for the offense to break out and get the runs they needed for the comeback victory. Again, John Buck was in the thick of things, driving in four runs. You can get your Rising Apple recap right here.
The 1973 season kicked off for the Mets 40 years ago yesterday, which means our tribute to the National League champions started. I gave you a quick recap of Tom Seaver‘s Opening Day victory against Steve Carlton, while Rich Sparago profiled catcher Jerry Grote. Will DeBoer gave us his latest installment of Glory Days, and he decided to stay focused on catchers, shining the spotlight on Ed Hearn. Also, Michael Lecolant thinks Jeremy Hefner has a great shot at being a positive contributor in Flushing this season.
First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. as Laffey will face off against Jose Fernandez, who is making his MLB debut for the Marlins.