Amidst a sea of doubts about whether he would make it through spring training and even be in the Mets rotation for 2012, Santana was officially tabbed as the Opening Day starter on Sunday.
Mets manager Terry Collins and Johan Santana have both had a firm resolve that Santana would indeed be the Opening Day starter
The Mets trimmed their roster down to 32 on Thursday by making six cuts, none of them surprising.
The discussion of sexual abuse is so often hidden by shame, and Dickey feels it has to be more out in the open.
Number 5 was back in his usual spot – third in the lineup and at 3B – and both he and the Mets couldn’t have been happier. The whole process felt pretty good to David Wright.
Wright was expected to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Mets have the first of three straight home games, but felt good enough after taking batting practice on Sunday against two minor league pitchers to bump it up a day.
Mike Pelfrey was a much different pitcher on Saturday, and that was a relief both to him and the Mets.
If the Mets keep pitching this way, those lowered expectations might have to be raised.
It was another uplifting day for Johan Santana and the Mets. Santana delivered his best and longest outing of the spring against an “A” Cardinals lineup in Jupiter, and manager Terry Collins was ecstatic afterward.
The good vibes engendered by the settlement of the Madoff lawsuit continues. The cloud that had long encased the organization in doom and gloom had seemingly lifted, and manager Terry Collins felt quite pleased for the principals involved.
The first meeting at Citi Field will be a different story. Still, it was enjoyable for Jose Reyes to see some familiar friendly faces.
David Wright is still not exactly right, but he will resume baseball activities at Mets camp Thursday.
Never let it be said that the Mets are lacking for drama. On an afternoon in which Johan Santana took another step toward Opening Day, the Mets announced that both David Wright and Tim Byrdak will miss more time.
Matt Harvey stole the show once again on Friday. The young pitcher, whom Sandy Koufax was looking to meet at Mets camp the other day, retired all six Atlanta batters he faced.
Jonathan Niese was sharp on Wednesday in Jupiter as the Mets shutout the Marlins 7-0. Niese was a little anxious to get going before his first spring start, but he delivered two solid innings, striking out 2 while walking one. Niese was pretty happy with his performance.