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Canada viagra Please Freddy, canada viagra Uncle Saul and Jeffey I’m begging you guys, canada viagra please stay away from camp. Canada viagra Can we please take the focus off your upcoming court case and your financial problems and let this camp be about baseball, canada viagra baseball and more baseball. Canada viagra Can you give your manager, canada viagra 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, canada viagra Sandy Alderson and their staffs, canada viagra so stay up here in New York and work with your attorneys to get your game plan ready for the March 19th trail. Canada viagra I’m sure Sandy Koufax will understand.

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Canada viagra Ike Davis asked the question last week, canada viagra “why does everyone think  we’re going to suck” and this is the rallying cry the manager needs to use to his and the teams advantage. Canada viagra When he addresses the team he should make it known that the majority of media and fans do think the Mets suck and the only ones who believe the team is any good, canada viagra are the guys right he in this clubhouse. Canada viagra If each and every player on this team doesn’t have the back of their teammates, canada viagra they’ll fail as no one else will stick up for them.   

Canada viagra With a year on the job, canada viagra Collins knows who needs motivation and who is self-motivated and that’s a big plus. Canada viagra TC as well, canada viagra has to push fundamentals this spring to the point that the players get angry. Canada viagra He needs to push the point that it’s not always the most talented team that wins but the most prepared team that is always right there. Canada viagra If the Mets continue with their poor execution on the field, canada viagra it will be a long season.

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Canada viagra The only starting pitcher I have any confidence in right now is R.A. Canada viagra Dickey. Canada viagra Everyone else has a ton of questions by their name. Canada viagra So many if’s with this group and the biggest problem is there isn’t much competition in camp for jobs in the rotation.  Sure Chris Schwinden or Miguel Batista could swipe the 5th spot from Dillon Gee or Matt Harvey could just blow everyone away this spring to force his way into the rotation but that’s a long shot.

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

Canada viagra 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. Canada viagra As for Niese, canada viagra it’s time to put the big boy baseball pants on a prove that he has the makeup, canada viagra conditioning and ability to be a  solid major league pitcher. Canada viagra 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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Canada viagra It’s been revamped and the back end (Frank Francisco, canada viagra Ramon Ramirez and Jon Rauch) is a huge improvement over last year’s relievers, canada viagra but if Manny Acosta, canada viagra Bobby Parnell or D.J. Canada viagra Carrasco (or someone playing the role of Carrasco) starts making frequent appearances, canada viagra it will be a long season. Canada viagra The effectiveness of the Mets bullpen will depend on the Mets starting pitchers who again (I know I’m belaboring this point) have to step up.

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Canada viagra 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, canada viagra again defensive metrics have their flaws but so does Wright at the hot corner.

Canada viagra The catching situation stinks as well. Canada viagra Josh Thole still has not mastered the art of catching especially blocking balls in the dirt and getting better footwork in attempting to throw out would be base stealers. Canada viagra Word is new bench coach Bob Geren will be working all spring with Thole on these aspects of catching. Canada viagra Mike Nickeas will be the Sunday (and presumably R.A. Canada viagra Dickeys personal backstop) catcher and should bat 9th in the order when he does play. Canada viagra Catching in the Mets organization is a disaster that Sandy Alderson is not only aware of put has tried hard to rectify, canada viagra that was one of the reasons Jon Niese’ name was mentioned in trade talks this off season as the Mets were hoping a team with a solid young catching prospect (like the Blue Jays and their prize catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud) would take the bait

Canada viagra 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. Canada viagra Tejada should be stellar at short as he has very good baseball instincts and makes plays he should make. Canada viagra The question will be, canada viagra as it seems to be every spring for the last three years, canada viagra will Daniel Murphy play at least a respectable 2nd base. Canada viagra As long as he makes the routine play and is somewhat capable of turning the pivot at 2nd without getting maimed, canada viagra his season will be a success.

Canada viagra Ike Davis is solid at 1st base, canada viagra so no worries there.

Canada viagra The outfield should be markedly better with Andres Torres playing center field and a bit underrated Jason Bay in left. Canada viagra 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, canada viagra 2nd base, canada viagra right field and catcher.

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Canada viagra 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. Canada viagra If Jason Bay continues to be awful against right handed pitching, canada viagra the lefty swinging Nieuwenhuis would make a great platoon partner for Bay.

Canada viagra Of course the new BIG 3 of Matt Harvey, canada viagra Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia will be watched closely and who knows, canada viagra if Harvey pitches lights out, canada viagra he could take the 5th spot in the rotation from Dillion Gee but he’d have to be spectacular in order for the Mets to force the issue early in the season. Canada viagra Wheeler will not be in the big league camp by the way but over at the kids table for minor leaguers but as we’ve seen in years past sometimes the minor leaguers get a invite to join the big boys especially when there are spilt squad games so keep an eye out for that.

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