We’ve pretty much figured out the Mets 25-man squad so this would be a good time to move upstate.
The opening day 2011 Buffalo squad was quite talented and then the injuries began in Queens. This year is no different, but there are major questions to answer before they wipe the show off of home plate.
The rotation will immediately be affected when the Mets officially decide to keep Johan Santana back in Florida until around June. Bum arms and shoulders hate cold weather.
My guess in Miguel Batista will make the trip to Queens, leaving the Bisons rotation with Dylan Owen, Mark Cohoon, Collin McHugh, Chris Schwinden, and Jeremy Hefner.
I’ve got Daniel Herrera making the Mets as the second lefty, leaving Robert Carson, Josh Stinson, Elvin Ramirez, Roy Merritt, Fernando Cabrera, Pedro Beato, and Bobby Parnell.
The starting infield should be 1B Alan Dykstra, 2B Reese Havens, SS Jordany Valdespin and 3B Zach Lutz. The problem is the city of Buffalo is in love with 1B/OF Val Pascucci and Valdespin should be playing second base. I’ve got them all making the team. In addition, I have Michael Fisher and Omar Quintanilla backing them up.
I’ve got Kai Gronauer and Lucas May as the catchers, though Vinnie Rottino will also make the team as a backup outfielder and third catcher. Joining Rottino in the outfield will be Josh Satin. Juan Lagares, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.