It’s Snowing Outside, But The Mets Are Playing Baseball In PSL

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As I look out my window I see snow falling and accumulating with a brisk wind thrown in for good measure. Yes, New York is caught up in yet another storm.

But meanwhile at Port St. Lucie, the sun is bright and about 30 players have already arrived and are doing unofficial workouts with manager Terry Collins. (Photo: NY Mets)

It may not feel like it as you gaze outside right now, but believe it or not baseball is coming back and it won’t be long until the official start of Spring Training arrives.

The best part about Spring Training is that every team is renewed and gets a new chance.

It’s a cliché, but it is always worth mentioning: Hope springs eternal.

As our own Andrew O’Brien wrote last year at this time:

Really, this is the best time of the year, in my opinion. For the next six weeks, all teams — and fans — think they have a shot at the postseason, or better. And there is no reason to think otherwise.

No team has enjoyed wins or suffered losses yet. For the most part, teams are healthy — or healthier, at least compared to last year.

And then there are all those fancy offseason moves that general managers have done.

For the Mets, it’s a little bit of everything.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of hope since 2006. But I think a lot of Mets fans sense success is coming, and it might not be as far as we think.

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  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Photo credits, son!

  • Captain America

    Well said Joe D!

  • AJF

    As much as we don’t like the owners and think the Mets are just a 70 win team I still cannot wait for baseball season to start I wish I could take a month off and go to spring training with them

  • Biggle Boy

    Ahhhh, yes … guys wearing shorts in February! Of course, the Chili Peppers were shirtless at last night’s Super Bowl show. But that doesn’t count, right?

  • Rob

    Could not have said it better …AJF

  • Joey D.

    “Really, this is the best time of the year, in my opinion. For the next six weeks, all teams — and fans — think they have a shot at the postseason, or better. And there is no reason to think otherwise.”

    – That is, except for those of us who have had just one too many a lecture on the importance of payroll “concentration”, etc., rather than players in order to have that shot at the post-season, or better.

  • FL Met Fan Rich

    PSL is a great place to be for the next two months. Yes it’s spring training and “Hope Springs Eternal”, but I don’t think there is one rational Met fan who thinks this team can maker the post season with what we have now.

    It’s a great time of year up until the Mets actually start playing the season and they start counting wins and losses. This is when it goes South.

    80 wins and staying out of the basement would be about right for this team.

  • Bail4Nails

    While we’re being optimistic, here’s my prediction for this season’s lineup- not the Opening Day lineup, but the eventual lineup that will earn a Wild Card spot:
    1) Lagares
    2) Murphy
    3) Wright
    4) Granderson
    5) Flores
    6) Duda (yes, I actually think will improve, shoot me)
    7) C Young (E Young)
    8) D’Arnaud

    Bring on the downvotes! LGM!

  • Being a Mets fan I have learned that while other teams have fans who could dream up a scenario for making the playoffs, I just dream up scenarios where we’re at least a little better than last year. It’s all I can ask for. And we fail even at that.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like…. Spring Training. 🙂

    I’ve been following the Mets now for about 3 decades and to this day there is nothing Mets ownership or any Mets administration has ever done or not done for that matter to lessen my enthusiasm for the beginning of a new season of Mets baseball.

    I think at least on my part that with every start of the Spring there is room to manage being realistic while also leaving room for optimism and the possibility of “What if?” of Mets baseball.

    My brother who is what I would describe as a casual Yankee fan sometimes likes to tease me when we find ourselves discussing the business of baseball with why can’t I love the game the way a young kid would? My response to this is that for me the difference between a young kid and an adult is when you realize that baseball is and always has been a business and yet I don’t believe you can truly be a fan of a team no matter what age you are if you don’t have that young kid in you somewhere as well. It’s a conflict that I’ve never been truly able to explain other than to acknowledge that it is there where I am concerned.

    I love the Spring. I love the game of baseball. I love the Mets. My idea of being an old man but young at heart is going to a Mets game at 90 and still getting that same feeling of awe when I 1st set eyes upon the green grass on the field. It’s a great game.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Looks a lot like my projected lineup, but the difference is that Puello will be batting cleanup when he comes up & takes over RF over Chris Young, Davis will be 6th (Between him & Duda, I’m going with the incumbent at the moment) & Granderson will be 7th (too low? Maybe, but there’s some good talent around the lineup.)

  • Bail4Nails

    I would take that lineup too. You think Puello makes it up this season? The only problem I have w/ Grandy’s spot is you have to split up the lefties. Of course, there’s on off chance the Mets actually make another move before the season. But if Lagares and Flores come to play this year, we have a pretty good lineup.

  • Jane

    Nice!

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    There’s no doubt in my mind Puello will up this season, possibly in June. I don’t think you have to necessarily split up Davis & Granderson in the lineup, and I just pray Flores is a decent SS. If there was any time for a miracle, this is it. However, if he does make it, you have to believe Murphy will be moved to solidify the middle infield defense, so I agree that a move will be made, but sometime during the season.