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Catching up on the Mets’ headlines
Posted By James Kwasnik On March 29, 2010 @ 4:21 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
If Spring Training is any indication, the Mets’ lack of moves to shore up their starting rotation in the off-season is going to come back and bite them. None of the five starters has been especially effective.
Sure plenty of players and coaches alike will tell you that the spring is a completely different animal than the regular season. Things like a heavy wind blowing out on many game days in Port St. Lucie will skew the results, pushing some balls over the wall that normally wouldn’t go. That works both ways, when the Mets’ players are hitting them out of the park or when the opposition does it.
They’ll also say the hurlers are tinkering with deliveries and placement of the pitches. They’re trying to build up arm strength to get ready for the first week of the season.
However, when none of your five projected starters has an ERA under 5, there is some cause for concern. Not even Johan Santana has been immune to multiple shellings. But nobody on the Mets’ staff seems to be worried, at least on the outside.
Jon Niese’s latest outing when he was was touched up for four runs, three earned, in a split-squad game against the Marlins today  is just the latetst example. Mike Pelfrey was even worse yesterday, allowing six earned runs vs. the Cardinals. He allowed his seventh homer in two games . You know it’s bad when Oliver Perez has the second-lowest ERA (5.87) of your starting five.
MLB.com has this story  about the state of the Mets’ pitching staff in which it says Santana is the only sure thing. But is he? He’s coming off surgery and has allowed 11 earned runs and four home runs in just four games. His ERA is 6.75.
To make matters worse, it looks as if the Mets’ management is still looking to make Jenrry Mejia a member of the bullpen instead of sending him down to work on being a starter.
The Mets pitching staff has a lot of work to do to ease the troubled minds of their fans and a very short window to do it in.
The Mets have one less catcher to worry about in their system as Chris Coste was picked up off waivers today and will head to Washington.
Some good news as Jose Reyes took batting practice against minor league pitchers  and reports that he feels better than expected.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the Mets placing fourth  in the National League East. Surprise, surprise.
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 Jon Niese’s latest outing when he was was touched up for four runs, three earned, in a split-squad game against the Marlins today: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100329&content_id=8982664&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym
 He allowed his seventh homer in two games: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/woeful_pelfrey_JzUsQSpgK2tZVW6sl4FoFP
 MLB.com has this story: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100328&content_id=8973936&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym
 SportsNetwork.com previews the Mets’ season: http://www.topix.com/r/0DcwBtjGfytdIB7bmQu5llNOFvpC0oxUI9CwSl7sakZRS55B55c15xpNf08w25xKws7Qo=2BwEOr5GnUH=2BIY7KysUXFrRNqI28J61HTPTSp78i=2FcUejMaqfvw8hzTglaEJM8gYlVCDIJBBKu=2FplH=2FvbHOFqu5JkwPtV5VbWwKgI=2BeDRDd6u=2F=2B5ekEt9b01rcytl
 Mets.com previews the organization: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100323&content_id=8881262&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym
 the minor leaguers to watch: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100323&content_id=8881922&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym
 Jose Reyes took batting practice against minor league pitchers: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100327&content_id=8966912&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym
 ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the Mets placing fourth: http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=olney_buster&id=5035186
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