The Dog Days of Spring

It happens every year and once again we baseball fans find ourselves mired in the dog days of spring training.

Opening day is a within sight yet we’ve still got to slog through a handful of meaningless games.

As far as I’m concerned our team is set. Emaus will man second and fellow Rule 5′er Beato will be in the pen. 

Beltran should start on the DL with Duda in RF to open the season - although admittedly this is what I’m rooting for more than fact.

As for the final bullpen spot - who the F cares? I’ve never been a guy who gets too caught up in the last slot on staff or final spot on the bench. 

The truth is guys are in and out up and down all season so the “final” 25 man roster is a sort of silly term.

I’ll take Isringhausen merely for the storyline and he’s been throwing well.

Now let’s get to Friday and start playing baseball.

15 Responses to “The Dog Days of Spring”

  1. Paul Says:

    I’m pretty sure Lucas Duda is headed to Buffalo - as he should be. Beltran may not be ready for Opening Day, but he’s close - no need to yo-yo Duda when Scott Hairston can hold down the fort for a week or two.

    I would like to see Jason Isringhausen win the last spot in the bullpen for the story value, but I would not be upset if they pick Blaine Boyer instead.

    Only three more days until we can forget about the Grapefruit League… I can hardly wait for Opening Day!

  2. stick Says:

    If beltran starts on the DL for the first 5 days, most likely they just use that to carry evans for a few more days, and deal with the issue when Beltran is ready.

    Actually, I don’t see what at this point another 5 days will do. If he is so unready that he can’t start the season, why expect another weekend to make a difference?

  3. JJ Says:

    I’ll start this season by looking at first base…last year they started with Jacobs and this year they start with Davis…now that’s improvement and a youth movement at work. Now if they could only figure out a way to make that work for about 80% of the rest of the roster we’ll have a contender to root for…

  4. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Don’t get your nuts in a bunch boys! There are 3 more games left for the Mets in Spring Training and I’m going to them all!!…So there!

    Crazy schedule with the Mets playing the Marlins Mon. and Wed. Nats game Tues. is in my hometown.

    Blaine Boyer is the 25th player and Scott Hairston is the right fielder so be it. This is the last week you can laugh off a METS loss so enjoy it!

    Met Fan Dan, my brother will be flying down to see opening day with me.Great weekend with 3 games in Fort Lauderdale vs. the Marlins and the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park!

    Thank you to the “Schedule Gods”

    LETS GO METS!!
    http://floridametfan.mlblogs.com/

  5. Helix Says:

    My mantra continues to be: “Zero Expectations”. I don’t think I’ve ever been more disinterested in how this team fares than this season.

    At least last year we had Bay to watch flourish (which of course blew up in our face), along with Ike’s development and Pagan’s resurgence.

    This year? Pelfrey’s our Ace? Santana and Beltran bringing up the rear in the walking wounded contingent? Something tells me we’ll know by early June how this season will transpire.

    God help us all…

  6. Mr. Mey Says:

    Really helix? What about watching bays comeback, the rule 5 kids development, Ikes continued development, reyes’ resurgence, wrights MVP campaign, and all the other stuff the eternal optimists should have to hope fOr!!! Come on!!! Let’s Go Mets!!!!!!!

  7. KMac Says:

    My expectations are low, but I am getting more and more anxious for the regular season to start. Maybe everything will fall perfectly into place and they’ll surprise everyone!

    Let’s Go Mets!

  8. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Darn! I should not have goofed on you guys! I drove down to PSL ( no rain in sight) onlt to have the game cancelled.

    But the biggest surprise was that the Mets were offering ticket refunds!! The check is in the mail” and we will not give you a receipt, or you can exchange them for Wed. Marlin game!

    I didn’t think ANY team gave money back! Especially wit our money mess.

    I just hope Picard does not “confiscate” my $24!

  9. Met_Maven Says:

    Anyone who is a “fan” and just bitches about the team and refuses to see any positives should just pack it in and root for someone else. If you can’t take the good with the bad, you aren’t fan. I’m psyched about the season, looking to see if Bay can bounce back, checking out Ike and the young guns shutting the mouths of nay sayers. And with “zero expectations” you have a better chance of being pleasantly surprised than constantly disappointed.

    Got my Opening Day tixx and my ‘Sunday’ Plan today with my nice Mets watch! Let the season begin already!

    LET’S GO METS GO!

  10. Cowcrusher Says:

    “Expect Nothing and Thou shall not be Disappointed”…works for me:-)

  11. The Coop Says:

    Hey BMF (and anyone else going to Blondie’s on Friday for the Opening Day game…)…should we reserve a spot for ourselves? How can we go about doing that? I figure we should have about 6-8 people…perfect for that little corner :D

  12. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    If you can’t be optimistic in March, when can you be? I wait all winter for baseball, and even if they put out the Macagna Funeral Home little league team of Cliffside Park, NJ, at least it will be BASEBALL. Anyway, I’ve been begging the Mets for years to dump the dead weight and let the kids play, which is exactly what they’re DOING. So play ball, kids!! I’ll be watching!

  13. Helix Says:

    Okay, okay… fellas geez, pull outta me already.

    Firstly, I am a fan. It’s just that I’m tired of the circus act this organization has devolved into. While I do relish some of the positives mentioned above, I loathe the fact that we have to constantly replay the threadbare tapes of `69 and `86 to remind us of what we were when we were great.

    Who knows, perhaps we’ll catch lightning in a bottle, the kids’ll dazzle us and we’ll be pleasantly surprised, but in order to protect my sanity, I’m simply not going expect the worst and hope for the best.

    In the meantime, if you haven’t noticed, the Rangers should be a lock for the playoffs and the Knicks just got off the schneid and should get to the dance as well. Lord Stanley’s cup would sure look great paraded down Broadway…

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