March 15, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes (7) in the second inning during a spring training game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Mets traveled to Jupiter yesterday so that R.A. Dickey could face off against Jose Reyes before it predictably rained in Florida. The Mets ended up losing 3-1 in what would be painful fashion if the game actually counted, luckily for Adam Loewen it didn't. Jose Reyes faced only two R.A. Dickey knuckleballs in his outing, and spoke with the media after the game.
The Mets have made their first round of cuts, and there were not many surprises. Harvey and Familia were the headline names, but a good portion of the prospects in camp are now set to work with the minor leaguers. No Matt Harvey in the bullpen I guess.
There's more in the papers about the upcoming Madoff trial today, and Bloomberg does a nice job summarizing the whole thing. Frankly I'll be very happy when this whole thing is behind us, even more so if it rids us of a certain ownership group.
There's not much else in the way of Mets related news this morning, so we'll move on to happenings around the rest of the league. The Nationals announced their first round of cuts yesterday as well, Yuniesky Maya was among the casualties. In other Nats news, they've suffered a very unfortunate injury to their Wang. I just can't resist those, sorry.
Old age may indeed be catching up to the Phillies this year. Beyond injury concerns to the right side of their infield, Roy Halladay is also suffering from quite a dip in velocity this spring. This storyline seems awful familiar, I can't seem to recall where I've seen a team full of aging stars decline before. Oh well, at least they have a "proven closer".
Beyond the Boxscore took a little look at size and the hot corner recently. It's certainly worth a read, especially with the uncertainty over the future of our own incumbent 3rd baseman.
Finally for today we'll head over to FanGraphs. They have a nice piece up about Jeremy Hellickson and BABIP. It's certainly interesting to see players comments about all things sabermetrics, especially when the stats suggest they are a bit lucky.