I really hope we’ll soon see Captain Kirk on this list. Nieuwenhuis for ROY!!
The Mets had an entire lineup, one through nine, of home grown players today. That’s pretty astounding, in this day and age. Especially with the Mets; a large-market team, albeit with financial struggles, to have a fully home grown lineup? Who would have thought! Of course, it took injuries to Torres and Bay for this to happen, but still…it’s impressive. And they even won (holy shit!!!)!
Also, I said way back in spring training that they should give Niuwenhuis the CF job, since they really have nothing to lose this year. No one agreed with me…but here he is, starting from game 2, kicking ass. I think Torres should absolutely be a bench player when he comes back (or play in LF until Bay gets back).
It’s nice to see, in general, more of an emphasis on home grown players. In the 90s and mid-2000s, the Mets believed they could just sign what they need…it wasn’t until Reyes and Wright came up that they finally realized you need a team with both kinds of players in order to win. This year, they could have bought or traded for a 2B or a RF, but they stuck with Duda and Murphy, and so far it’s working. This will mean they’ll have more money to spend on necessary things for next year. It’s the proper way to build a team.
And Ike Davis hasn’t even hit yet! Once he starts hitting…ohhhh boy, we’re gonna be a lot better than people think.
Also, I love Niuwenhuis instead of Torres. There’s no reason he shouldn’t learn at the majors A) at this point in his development, and B) for the Mets with their expectations for this year.
And I love the new fences. Wright clearly already has his confidence (not to mention his level swing) back.
Pitching looks great so far, especially the bullpen, but we’ve got Big Pelf tomorrow. Maybe he’ll be inspired by the rest of the rotation so far and will feel less pressure. One can always hope.
Either way, for now….WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! 3-0 over a division rival!!