Byrdak's the word.
Opening Day is only two days away, and the Mets' roster is almost set. There was no spring competition for a spot in the rotation so long as all five starters stayed healthy, and they did. Johan Santana gets the start on Opening Day, and he'll be followed by R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, and Dillon Gee.
The only real competition among the Mets' pitchers was for the final spots in the bullpen. Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, and Tim Byrdak had their roster spots locked up coming into spring. Francisco and Byrdak could begin the year on the shelf, though, with a knee injury a piece.
|Manny Acosta, RHP||A lock since the beginning, really.|
|Miguel Batista, RHP||Batista has made the team and will be the long-man and spot-starter out of the bullpen.|
|Pedro Beato, RHP||The Mets expect Beato to begin the year on the disabled list, but once he's healthy, he still figures to begin the year in Buffalo.|
|Tim Byrdak, LHP||There's a chance that Byrdak's knee will be ready for Opening Day. If not, he's expected back shortly thereafter.|
|D.J. Carrasco, RHP||See: Pedro Beato.|
|Josh Edgin, LHP||Edgin will begin the year in Binghamton and will be the team's closer. If his performance there is anything like his spring, he'll play for the Mets this season.|
|Daniel Herrera, LHP||With Byrdak possibly missing a few games to begin the year and Edgin honing his skills in Bingo, Herrera is the lefty of choice until Byrdak is ready. Also, if Byrdak is ready but Francisco is out, I could see the Mets keeping Herrera around as a second lefty for a bit.|
|Garrett Olson, LHP||Olson was moved to minor league camp a few days ago and should be in Buffalo's rotation.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP||See: Manny Acosta.|
|Chris Schwinden, RHP||Like Olson, Schwinden will be part of Buffalo's rotation.|