Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will both make the Opening Day roster, though it’s still up in the air which one will get to face Stephen Strasburg on March 31st. (I don’t think it matters that much. As long as Terry Collins sticks with a platoon of Davis or Duda and Josh Satin at first base – something he’s probably not going to do – the Mets should manage to get some production out of the spot. If he decides one is an everyday player, I expect to see a repeat of last year’s performance.)
Sandy Alderson suggested that Juan Lagares would get the nod over Eric Young Jr. for the third spot in the outfield. If that decision lasts longer than Collin Cowgill’s status as the everyday centerfielder did last year, the Mets are making the right call – defense is worth more than stolen bases.
I missed most of Friday night’s fireworks while I was attending a friend’s surprise 60th birthday party, but I have to admit that the offense has been a lot more productive than I expected so far this year. I suspect a lot of it has to do with the quality of opposition the Mets have faced, but they still lead the league in runs scored and are in the top five teams for just about every basic offensive category. Let’s enjoy it for however long it lasts.