Look at the Mets’ roster and fast-forward to the opening of their new stadium in 2009. One can envision their core: third baseman David Wright; the double-play combination of Anderson Hernandez and Jose Reyes; pitchers Brian Bannister, Aaron Heilman Mike Pelfrey and Phil Humber; and outfielders Carlos Beltran, Xavier Nady and Lastings Milledge.
The Mets are a good team and figure to stay that way if they complement their foundation with prudent trades and free-agent signings.
“I like our core,” general manager Omar Minaya said after today’s 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. “I feel good about our future.”
The young guys carried the Mets this afternoon:
* Bannister gave up one run on three hits in seven innings, plus got two hits, in getting his first major league victory.
* Wright drove in the Mets’ first run with a fourth-inning double.
* Reyes drove in two runs with a fifth-inning single and seventh-inning triple.
* Beltran hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and after opening the season on a 0-for-9 slide is 5-for-12 since (.417) and has seven RBI in the last four games.
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Around the Horn …
Kaz Matsui went 0-for-3 in an extended spring training game. There is no timetable for his return. … Class A Hagerstown pitcher Waner Mateo was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. … Billy Wagner worked the ninth despite it not being a save situation. … At 5-1, the Mets are off to their best start since 8-1 in 1985.