Meet the Mets
The Mets and Cardinals ended up in a 6-6 tie after 10 innings on Saturday. MIke Pelfrey took the hill in the midst of his worst spring training (which is really saying something considering how awful he usually is in spring training). In the morning, Jon Heyman even reported that the team was interested in dealing Pelfrey. But through two innings, a Pelfrey with adjusted mechanics showed up and that Pelfrey proved to be effective. Of course in the third inning, the Pelfrey of old appeared, but at least we had those tranquil initial two innings, right? There were some positives to take out of the outing, though, as Pelfrey was able to throw six innings and his fastball was consistently sitting in the 92-94 range. He also didn't walk any batters. On the offensive side, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit monstrous home runs. The Mets had the lead in this one headed into the ninth but Frank Francisco allowed the tying run to cross the plate. I'm not sure if it's time to get worried yet, but apparently, Francisco was still only throwing in the upper 80's/low-90's.
The Mets take on the Nationals in Viera at 1:05 this afternoon. Unfortunately, this one will not be televised and that is a great shame, as the pitching matchup features top prospect Matt Harvey toeing the rubber against Stephen Strasburg. But never fear! You can catch the broadcast the 1935 way by tuning into WFAN.
Meanwhile, it looks as if the Mets are concerned about Andres Torres' status for Opening Day. His slow recovery, along with the uncertainty of whether Scott Hairston and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be ready, has prompted Matt den Dekker to be thrust into the spotlight. Though all three are ahead of den Dekker on the depth chart, the team plans to have a real center fielder on the Opening Day roster. Should a doomsday scenario play out, it sounds as if den Dekker would be the guy to go north.
It's likely that the team will be facing a bit of a 40-man roster crunch before Opening Day, especially if Torres, Hairston and Nieuwenhuis are all injured. They also have to figure out who gets the last two spots in the bullpen and what to do with D.J. Carrasco if he's not ready to go. Here's hoping that a bunch of guys get healthy quickly so they don't have to start exposing too many players to the waiver wire.
Finally, everybody can relax as Zach Wheeler's ankle seems to be a-okay.
Around the NL East
The Braves fell to the Blue Jays 9-0 on Saturday, as Randall Delgado got rocked. The biggest story out of Braves' camp was that Chipper Jones will miss Opening Day after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The word is that Chipper injured his knee while running in the outfield not long before announcing that he would retire at the end of the season.
It looks as if the Nationals will be without closer Drew Storen when the season begins. Storen is on a very conservative program to build up arm strength after elbow inflammation had shut him down. The Nats lost to the Orioles 12-3, as Edwin Jackson and the Nats' defense struggled.
The Red Sox defeated the Marlins 4-1, as lefty Wade LeBlanc struggled early on. The good news for them is that Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in an intrasquad game. The bad news? Lefty Mark Buehrle has Dutch Elm Disease. Wait, what?
The Phillies' irregulars beat up on the split-squad Red Sox 10-5 on Saturday afternoon. I'm not sure what is going on here but Chase Utley will apparently address the media sometime this morning.
Around the Majors
The Tigers seem to be optimistic that Miguel Cabrera could be ready for Opening Day. Cabrera took a bad hop ground ball off of his face, which broke a bone below his eye.
In some really good news, Joba Chamberlain is going to be released from the hospital on Sunday, meaning that no infections developed in his dislocated ankle. While Chamberlain will be in a cast for six weeks, there were no microfractures found and it looks as if he will be able to resume his playing career at some point.
Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are both being shopped by the Giants, an odd twist for noted veteranophile GM Brian Sabean. I guess Sabean would rather go with "not good at baseball" in this case if he chooses to keep Emmanuel Burriss instead.