Tagged: Opening Day

Juan Lagares has a knack for coming through in the clutch

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Juan Lagares has exceeded offensive expectations

Everyone knew what Juan Lagares brought to the table defensively, but the question remained as to what he would bring with his bat. There were grumbling all of spring training in concerns to if Lagares would hit enough to be an everyday player. So far, he has put all of those concerns to rest. It’s not just that he’s hitting, but it’s when he’s doing his damage.

This franchise has lacked players that come through in the clutch for some time now, and in a small sample size, Lagares looks like one of those guys. 

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Uh-Oh, David Robertson is heading to the DL

David Robertson is heading to the DL

David Robertson is heading to the DL

Shortly after the Yankees 4-2 home opener win against the Orioles, Manager Joe Girardi put a damper on the day. Closer David Robertson has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a groin strain.

Robertson is in the midst of his first year as the Yankees closer, after replacing the great Mariano Rivera. He had been off to a strong start, throwing 3 scoreless innings while recording his first two save opportunities. The Yankees bullpen was already full of inexperienced late inning arms, which now leaves the closer role in a bit of turmoil. Continue reading

Bobby Parnell to undergo Tommy John surgery…Is anyone really surprised?

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See ya in 2015, Bobby Parnell (Photo courtesy of ESPN.com)

In the least surprising news of the Mets season so far, it has been decided that Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery. Continue reading

Tanaka impresses in his MLB debut

Mashiro Tanaka was impressive in his MLB debut (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Mashiro Tanaka was impressive in his MLB debut (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Mashiro Tanaka made his much-anticipated debut last night and didn’t disappoint. Despite a shaky first few innings, Tanaka settled in to throw 7 innings while allowing 3 runs with 8 strikeouts on his way to earning his first win. Continue reading

The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Begins Tonight

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Jeter will be tipping his cap all across the country this season

The Derek Jeter farewell tour begins tonight in Houston, as the Yankees take on the Astros. This will be the captains final opening day of his career and the first of many special events he will partake in this season. Continue reading

New Season, Same Old Mets

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Well I had the pleasure, I guess, of going to yet another Mets Opening Day yesterday. What did I take away from the day? Some things never change. Continue reading

Here is your 2014 Mets Opening Day roster

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The Mets have set their Opening Day roster and there were few surprises. Notably names who won their battles to earn a spot on this roster are Gonzalez German, Andrew Brown, Omar Quintanilla and Jenrry Mejia.

When Vic Black was demoted earlier this week, it was made pretty clear that German would earn the last spot in the bullpen. German doesn’t exactly do much for me, and will probably spend most of his time in mop up roles and in the middle innings. Assuming Black will eventually turn things around in AAA, German will have to produce to keep his spot on this team.

Brown and Quintanilla are two players I am most disappointed to see on this roster. It’s not that I overly dislike these guys, but we have all seen what these two are capable of and it’s not impressive. Neither has ever produced at a high level and both are questionable big league players. Eric Campbell and Anthony Seratelli would have been my choices to win these battles. Neither are spring chickens themselves, it’s not like they had to be sent to AAA to play every day and gain more experience. They are what they are and both could have provided new energy to this roster. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of both of these guys promoted sooner rather than later.

The biggest surprised would probably be Mejia, who beat out Dice-K for the final spot in the rotation. It seemed as though the Mets would start the season with the veteran Dice-K, especially once his $100k bonus was picked up. But the Mets made what many felt was the right decision and went with the young option. They both had a nice spring training, but the Mets need to see what exactly they have with Mejia. This isn’t his first time rodeo, he has been up and down now for a few years, spending time in both the rotation and bullpen. Putting him in the rotation gives him a real opportunity as a starter and allows the front office to make a final decision on where his future is best suited.

Here is the complete Opening Day roster:

Rotation
Dillon Gee
Bartolo Colon
Zack Wheeler
Jenrry Mejia
Jonathon Niese

Bullpen 
Bobby Parnell
Jose Valverde
Jeurys Familia
Gonzalez Germen
Carlos Torres
Scott Rice
John Lannan

Catchers
Travis d’Arnaud
Anthony Recker

Infielders 
Ike Davis
Lucas Duda
Josh Satin
Daniel Murphy
Ruben Tejada
Omar Quintanilla
David Wright

Outfielders 
Curtis Granderson
Chris Young
Eric Young Jr.
Juan Lagares
Andrew Brown