With MLB Opening Day just weeks away, many more eyes are on the New York Mets. Tim Tebow, however, isn’t the only name making waves.With spring training in full swing, the New York Mets are getting the opportunity to plan for opening day. For the most part, the 25-man roster is set, but questions about pitching rotation and bullpen depth still remain.
The rotation was the biggest question mark coming into Spring Training. At least three of the five spots in the rotation will see a pitcher coming off a season ending injury to start the new campaign. Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom are certain to be in the rotation. How they progress over the next few weeks will set the tone for the season.
No word on a possible Jeurys Familia suspension so far from MLB. Who will fill the role in his absence? How long will the suspension be? What if Plan B is a failure? These questions among others will be what Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins will face over the next few weeks. Solidifying the bullpen should be priority number one for the Metropolitans.
Many questions about pitching will need to be answered, but it’s the general health of the club that is most concerning. Outside of the pitching staff, team captain, David Wright is still dealing with back issues that have plagued him over multiple seasons. Neil Walker and Lucas Duda, are also two players working their way back from injuries that ended their 2016 season.
But spring is a time to look ahead and dream about where this team will be in October. There will be plenty of time to see how this all plays out, on the field. For now, let’s take a look at the players in camp that are turning heads and getting this fan base excited for another year of Mets baseball.