The Rising Apple Report returns for its 61st episode, where we have actual competitive baseball to discuss! I returned to take the hosting duties and fellow writers Andrew Battifarano and Cassandra Negley joined me to round out the table.
With news coming out last week that Carlos Torres – who is out of options – is likely guaranteed a spot in the bullpen this season alongside Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice, and Vic Black. Some players – Joel Carreno, for example, have impressed. Some – like veterans Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde – have not. Who do we want to see in there?
With nearly a week of Spring Training games in the books, we’ll take a look at who’s impressed us thus far and who we thought we’d see more out of. The long-unheralded battle for first base is, of course, on pause as both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis have been nursing minor leg injuries. David Wright and Daniel Murphy had yet to appear in games, but that’s given us extra chances to see guys like Anthony Seratelli and Wilmer Flores. We discussed some of the good and the bad of the start to actual meaningful(-ish) baseball.
Sandy Alderson’s “the Mets can win 90 games” comment resonated through the blogosphere and social media, causing fans on all levels of the optimism scale to pause for a moment and say “90 wins? No way! Well…Maybe if…” We try to answer that “maybe if” by looking at the team, and seeing what needs to happen in order to approach that number. In case you missed it, don’t miss it anymore! Episode 61 is here, now, for your listening pleasure!