Welcome to a promising, yet uncomfortable, era of Mets baseball. While the manager has been a good soldier thus far during a rebuilding effort, it’s fair to ask how far that loyalty extends.
Montero is not the only young arm drawing raves. Cory Mazzoni, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2011 out of North Carolina State, has started camp with five scoreless innings while allowing just one hit, no walks and three strikeouts.
According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, Collins “let loose with an expletive loud enough to turn heads all over the back fields” at the team’s spring training complex.
The starters in the top five slots in the Cardinals’ batting order combined to hit 5-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBIs, and St. Louis finished with 14 hits.
Wheeler would have faced former Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who he was traded for in 2011.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is feeling good about his health — and the future in Flushing.
Harvey pitched his initial two innings of the spring against the Astros, concentrating on keeping his fastball down in the zone, and he thought d’Arnaud did an excellent job of helping him get strikes.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the Mets’ first inning with a single and Ruben Tejada followed by homering over the left-center field fence on a full count.
Spring training provides the stuff that dreams are made of, whether you’re a kid off the street taking his big shot, or a Grade-A prospect hoping to exceed your club’s expectations and make the big leagues right out of camp.
The Mets couldn’t help but rave about the ace up the 22-year-old right-hander’s sleeve.
So will Wright be named captain of the Mets sometime soon? Collins will begin the process of what will eventually become a “C” on his No. 5 uniform, but everyone already knows who the leader and captain of this ship is.
Barring an injury to one of the Mets projected starting pitchers, Wheeler likely will start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
NFL players are getting their pink slips and baseball’s beat writers have come to life. Yep, it’s that time already. Spring training. Pitchers and catchers.
Pitchers and catchers to Mets camp today. Check. Kate Upton on Tuesday. Check. Yankees pitchers and catchers same day. Check. Yep, good week ahead.
Things will work out fine for Wheeler. Fellow stud right-hander Matt Harvey made his major league debut on July 26 last season. The “Wheels” should be rolling into Citi Field by that date this year — if not before.
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