Mets Opening Day Roster Is Pretty Much Set

An article by posted on March 26, 2012

With David Wright back in the line-up (1-2, single) and Scott Hairston and Andres Torres looking like safe bets for Opening Day, it seems to me like the 25-man roster is seemingly set:

Starting Line-up

C- Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Daniel Murphy
3B – David Wright
SS – Ruben Tejada
LF – Jason Bay
CF – Andres Torres
RF – Lucas Duda

It looks like we’re good to go here for Opening Day. The possibility that Jordanny Valdespin or Matt den Dekker would get the nod at center field may have been premature, but it was a fun discussion while Andres Torres was healing up.

Bench

C – Mike Nickeas
IF – Ronny Cedeno
IF – Justin Turner
OF – Scott Hairston
OF – Mike Baxter

From what I’ve been hearing Adam Loewen only makes this team if Scott Hairston goes on the DL, otherwise it’s Baxter’s spot to lose and so far that hasn’t happened. Baxter would have to be added to the 40 man roster, so Josh Satin or Zach Lutz could be cut.

Starting Rotation

SP1 – Johan Santana
SP2 – R.A. Dickey
SP3 – Jon Niese
SP4 – Dillon Gee
SP5 – Mike Pelfrey

Yes, I slotted Pelfrey in the 5th spot. If it came down to one pitcher getting five more starts over the course of the season, I’d rather it be Gee. Of course that could change if performance dictates it. It’s also nice to know that Matt Harvey is waiting in the wings.

Bullpen

CL – Frank Francisco
SU – Jon Rauch
SU – Ramon Ramirez
MR – Manny Acosta
RHS – Bobby Parnell
LHS – Garrett Olson
LR – Miguel Batista

Olson and Batista would have to be added to the 40 man roster for this to play out. Jeremy Hefner and Armando Rodriguez would be the likely casualties. Olson is just keeping the spot warm for Tim Byrdak who should only miss the first week of the season. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that D.J. Carrasco will start the season on the DL.

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