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Viagra chinese medicine Today pitchers and catchers will report to St. Viagra chinese medicine Lonseome and by Wednesday the Mets position players will start arriving as well and training camp 2012 will get under way. Viagra chinese medicine So what am I looking for this spring from our beloved Mets? I’m glad you asked:

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Viagra chinese medicine Please Freddy, viagra chinese medicine Uncle Saul and Jeffey I’m begging you guys, viagra chinese medicine please stay away from camp. Viagra chinese medicine Can we please take the focus off your upcoming court case and your financial problems and let this camp be about baseball, viagra chinese medicine baseball and more baseball. Viagra chinese medicine Can you give your manager, viagra chinese medicine coaches and players a chance to get ready for this season and to prove the naysayers wrong about how non-competitive this club will be? Your team is in good hands with Terry Collins, viagra chinese medicine Sandy Alderson and their staffs, viagra chinese medicine so stay up here in New York and work with your attorneys to get your game plan ready for the March 19th trail. Viagra chinese medicine I’m sure Sandy Koufax will understand.

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Viagra chinese medicine Got to love the work ethic of Terry Collins and the transformation he has made as a big league manager. Viagra chinese medicine Collins has been in camp with Johan Santana, viagra chinese medicine working with the Ace and forming a bond with him like he did with Carlos Beltran.  Just as TC earned the trust and respect of Beltran, viagra chinese medicine he is working towards having the same relationship with Santana. Viagra chinese medicine There is more to managing a team than knowing when to double switch and Collins has realized that and has  proven he is the right man to manage the Mets.

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Viagra chinese medicine As far as Santana is concerned try to put his starting the season on the big league roster out of your mind. Viagra chinese medicine Even if he pitches well this spring there a couple of things that will hasten his return early in the season, viagra chinese medicine The cold weather is one, viagra chinese medicine especially the dumb move by MLB to pay April games in the East at night, viagra chinese medicine and the other is the limited innings/pitch count that Santana will be under. Viagra chinese medicine No way Santana, viagra chinese medicine even if he shows he’s ready to come back, viagra chinese medicine pitches more than 80-85 pitches or 5 innings, viagra chinese medicine those pitching restriction will put a lot of pressure on the Mets bullpen early in the season and with the unknown of the rest of this staff besides Dickey, viagra chinese medicine the Mets and Terry Collins can’t risk burning the bullpen by Memorial Day. Viagra chinese medicine Best case scenario is Santana stays in extended spring training and makes a few minor league starts for St. Viagra chinese medicine Lucie and makes back to the big leagues by end of May early June and that’s being real optimistic.    

Viagra chinese medicine As much as Mets fans are hanging on every Santana bullpen session the guys we really need to watch are Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese as it will be the performance of these two pitchers that will determine if this a season of surprise or of transition.  For Pelfrey if he can’t be effective it will get very ugly for him this season with the fan base and with the front office. Viagra chinese medicine As for Niese, viagra chinese medicine it’s time to put the big boy baseball pants on a prove that he has the makeup, viagra chinese medicine conditioning and ability to be a  solid major league pitcher. Viagra chinese medicine Niese doesn’t have to be an Ace but he has to show some stamina and guile to get to the 6th and 7th innings of starts.

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Viagra chinese medicine Not only has Wright cost the Mets runs at 3rd base but he has had trouble with balls hit to his right and his throws have been less than accurate to first base, viagra chinese medicine again defensive metrics have their flaws but so does Wright at the hot corner.

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Viagra chinese medicine The middle infield will be securitized a lot this season as Ruben Tejada takes over the everyday shortstop job and Daniel Murphy will try again to master the second sack. Viagra chinese medicine Tejada should be stellar at short as he has very good baseball instincts and makes plays he should make. Viagra chinese medicine The question will be, viagra chinese medicine as it seems to be every spring for the last three years, viagra chinese medicine will Daniel Murphy play at least a respectable 2nd base. Viagra chinese medicine As long as he makes the routine play and is somewhat capable of turning the pivot at 2nd without getting maimed, viagra chinese medicine his season will be a success.

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Viagra chinese medicine The outfield should be markedly better with Andres Torres playing center field and a bit underrated Jason Bay in left. Viagra chinese medicine The question is will Lucas Duda play a serviceable right field.  I’m trying very hard not to over use the word serviceable when talking about the Mets defenders but that’s how bad this team’s defense is when serviceable play would be an upgrade at 3rd base, viagra chinese medicine 2nd base, viagra chinese medicine right field and catcher.

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Viagra chinese medicine I would love to see Kirk Nieuwenhuis have such a fabulous spring that he forces management hand to bring him North.  Many scouting reports have Capt Kirk as a corner outfielder but I’m sure once or twice a week you could play him in centerfield. Viagra chinese medicine If Jason Bay continues to be awful against right handed pitching, viagra chinese medicine the lefty swinging Nieuwenhuis would make a great platoon partner for Bay.

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