After a month and a half of injury scares during camp (Reyes) and 30 spring training games, the Mets have finally announced their 25-man opening day roster on saturday and there are several surprising roster cuts. There are also some surprising players who made the roster as well. But first, here is the list of Mets roster cuts in its entirety according to MetsBlog.com’s Matt Cerrone.
Mets Roster Cuts
Nelson Figuerora *
Bobby Parnell *
Omir Santos *
*=on mets 2009 roster
There is only one person on this list that is surprising, and that person is Chris Carter. Carter was the player acquired in the Billy Wagner trade with Boston last season. He had one heck of a month. Carter hit .393, with 4 HRs, and 9 RBI’s. It looks kinda like David Wright’s spring stats if you really think about it.. I thought he should have took that last bench spot instead of Mike Jacobs or Frank Catalanotto. Now, another note. There were three Mets that were on the roster last year who did not make the cut this year. But, we may see them at Citi Field at somepoint in the season.
Now, lets get to the people who MADE THE ROSTER.
Gary Matthews Jr
Its great that Jenrry Mejia made the Mets roster. With the stats he put up, he truly deserves it. If Mejia can put up those same numbers in real Major League Baseball games, he will help make the Mets bullpen one of the best bullpens in the Majors. Along with Jennry Mejia making the roster, Hiroshi Takahashi and Ryota Igarashi did as well. Its great to see guys come from Japan, sign with Mets, and make a first impression on the team. They both pitched great during Spring Training. Its surprising to see that Mike Jacobs made the roster. Chris Carter was more deserving of that bench spot more than Jacobs, because Carter seemed to be better offensively and defensively.
But all in all, the Mets roster overall looks good. The only thing about opening day and beyond, is if the Mets starting pitching doesn’t give up alot of runs in their respective starts.
What are your thoughts about the Mets opening day roster?