What is this? Positive Mets stories? And from all places the New York Post? Hey what the hell it’s Valentine’s Day right? A good day to tone down the Mets snark right?
Johan Santana is down in St. Lonesome and is determined to become a contributor to the team this coming season. Santana has not thrown off a mound yet, he may do that by the end of the week, but yesterday he was stretching out his arm by having a long toss catch with Terry Collins. According to Santana, he’s done with rehab and is now working on building arm strength and working on his mechanics and getting his delivery back to where it once was.
What makes me optimistic that Santana can come back is his intelligence on the mound, he may never get the velocity back but he’s clever enough and schooled enough in the art of pitching to make the adjustments needed to become a solid starting pitcher once again.
Ike is alright, or so he says. Ike Davis is in camp early as is Daniel Murphy as both had bad season ending injuries and both are trying to come back and build on what looked to be solid offensive seasons in 2011. Murphy has the added burden of working on his defense, and as we know Murph never shies away from working hard, oh yeah #ImWith28.
Terry Collins is a pragmatist; he sees the landscape of the NL East and knows that his team will have to play flawless baseball to keep up in this division. He also realizes that there is a lot peripheral bullshit surrounding this team and it’s his job to keep it on the periphery and focus on making the right pitch and the right time, get the big hit with men on base, and playing solid fundamental baseball. It’s a tough agenda but with a season of managing this team under his belt, Collins should be up for the task