We've lost a number of close friends since last week. Jay Marshall's waiver claim was voided. Carlos Muniz was sent to minor league camp last week, and yesterday all of these guys were cut from big league camp:
* Travis Blackley
* R.A. Dickey
* Jack Egbert
* Clint Everts
* Josh Fogg
* Eddie Kunz
* Bobby Livingston
* Arturo Lopez
* Eric Niesen
But we have added Kiko Calero to the ledger, which leaves us with a cast of ten pitchers competing for one rotation spot and maybe three bullpen spots, or just two bullpen spots if we assume Bobby Parnell is a lock.
I'm also assuming Kelvim Escobar won't be ready for Opening Day.
|Kiko Calero, RHP||A hit, a walk, a strikeout, a hit-by-pitch in his first inning of work. He's probably even money to make the team, but his late start might push him back a little bit.|
|Elmer Dessens, RHP||Hasn't been terrible in camp, but isn't getting much playing time, either. Should be among the next round of cuts.|
|Nelson Figueroa, RHP*||No runs allowed and nine kays in eight innings. Seems to be a bit frustrated with being dicked around all the time. Niese's struggles this spring could open the door for Figueroa to make the April roster.|
|Jenrry Mejia, RHP||Eight strikeouts, no walks, and just one run allowed in 7.1 innings—no wonder Jerry Manuel wants to
|Pat Misch, LHP*||Seven baserunners in seven innings, but no runs allowed and 13 ground outs to just three fly outs.|
|Jon Niese, LHP*||It shouldn't matter, but Niese's 7.04 spring ERA will be a sign to some dunce that the lefty isn't ready to face big league hitters. It's rubbish. He also has seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings, ~.360 BABIP, and a 2.20 groundball-to-flyball ratio.|
|Fernando Nieve, RHP*||Five walks and just two strikeouts, plus 12 hits and six runs in nine innings all add up to an OPS against over .830 and a vanishingly small chance to make the Mets out of spring training.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP*||Parnell wasn't such a good reliever last year—43 strikeouts and 25 walks in 52 innings—that he should be guaranteed a bullpen spot this year. Not that it's representative of anything, but he's been just so-so this spring.|
|Tobi Stoner, RHP*||Seven groundouts and three strikeouts, plus no walks, in 3.1 innings. Only a solo homerun mars his admittedly limited March performance.|
|Hisanori Takahashi, LHP||Nine strikeouts, no walks, two hits in six innings spanning two appearances. Probably has the inside track for a bullpen spot with his flexibility to be used as a swingman.|
= Chance of making the Mets is unchanged.
= Chance of making the Mets is going down.
= Chance of making the Mets is going up.
* = player on 40-man roster