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After the Mets' first round of spring training cuts, we take a look at the pitchers still fighting for spots on the team's Opening Day roster.
Figuring out which Mets pitchers have the best shot at making the Opening Day roster got a bit easier yesterday when the team sent a few pitchers from big league camp down to minor league camp: Zack Wheeler, Hansel Robles, Collin McHugh, Darin Gorski, Gonzalez Germen, and Elvin Ramirez. Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni were sent to minor league camp, as well.
Perhaps the only surprise there was McHugh, who figured to have a shot at the big league roster if Johan Santana isn't ready by Opening Day. Most of the other pitchers sent to minor league camp all got the red arrow in last week's edition of the Make-The-Mets-O-Meter.
As was the case last week, we're operating under the assumption that, if healthy, the Mets' starting rotation will be: Santana, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Shaun Marcum, and Dillon Gee. And we're counting Bobby Parnell and Brandon Lyon as locks for the bullpen. Santana's health is obviously in question, so let's assume for now that there are six spots available for pitchers if the Mets begin the year with twelve of them on the roster.
|Scott Atchison, RHP||In spring games, Atchison's doing what he's done over the past couple of years in the big leagues: allowing few runs and limiting walks. He's quite likely to make the Opening Day bullpen.|
|Greg Burke, RHP||It's ERA vs. FIP this spring for Burke, who has 8 strikeouts and hasn't walked anyone in 6.0 innings pitched. He's allowed 4 runs, though, which gives him a 6.00 ERA.|
|Robert Carson, LHP||He hasn't fared well in spring games, but as a lefty, he's getting a longer look than some of his right-handed peers with zero-to-little major league experience.|
|Josh Edgin, LHP||He's not dominating opposing hitters in spring games, but he's done nothing to lose his status as the best left-handed relief pitcher in camp.|
|Jeurys Familia, RHP||The results have been decent, but he's still got a shot at the 'pen, especially if Frank Francisco remains on the shelf.|
|Pedro Feliciano, LHP||Delayed by health issues earlier in spring training, Perpetual Pedro finally appeared in a major league spring training game. He'll still have to show he's ready and effective by Opening Day to make the team, though.|
|LaTroy Hawkins, RHP||Hawkins finally made his spring debut, and it went well. He may be behind the competition at this point, but there's still a lot of spring training left.|
|Jeremy Hefner, RHP||With McHugh heading down to minor league camp, Hefner's odds of making the team as the longman out of the bullpen or as the fill-in for Santana in the starting rotation are looking even better than they were a couple days ago.|
|Aaron Laffey, LHP||He still hasn't pitched much, and it's tough to see him breaking camp with the Mets.|
|Jenrry Mejia, RHP||With just one spring appearance to his name — and it wasn't a good one — Mejia's looking like a Triple-A starting pitcher to start the 2013 season.|
|Scott Rice, LHP||With a pair of strikeouts against the Cardinals yesterday, Rice continued to put up good peripherals. He could beat Feliciano for the second lefty spot in the 'pen, even if Feliciano is ready to go.|
|Carlos Torres, RHP||Torres still owns an 8.31 ERA in spring games after a scoreless inning yesterday, but perhaps he'll get a bit more of a look with more innings up for grabs in the Grapefruit League schedule.|