· The important thing to take away from Wedneday’s game is the fact that every position had substitutes come in… except centerfield. No one will tell you this, but this was an early test for Matt den Dekker. The Mets need a backup plan for center in case Andres Torres goes down, and the two being considered are den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The plot thickens.
· Andy McCullough pointed out something on twitter that stood out like a bad reliever. The batters that faced Pedro Beato in the second half of last season had an .890 OPS.That’s pretty bad.
· Fangraphs came out with their ranking of team’s right fielders. The Mets, who had Lucas Duda and Scott Hairston represented here, came in 28th among 30 teams in the league. That’s understandable. Duda hasn’t even played an entire season yet. They like to call Lucas “The Big Lebowski” on Fangraphs, which is pretty funny.
· Andy Martino wrote a good article today about Bobby Parnell and his attempts to hang on as part of the Mets bullpen. I think the Mets lost out here. There was a lot of chatter last year at this time and the Mets could have dealt off Robert for a decent prospect. There’s nobody in the system right now that can take his job away, so I believe he will go north come April, but his role as a Mets reliever has been reduced to pitching only when the team is way ahead or losing by a bunch.