February 12th, 2017
Today is the first official day for Pitchers & Catchers and Injured Players to report to camp in Port St.Lucie, Florida.
As the players filter in, we start to see images from Twitter of guys approaching the backfields, throwing in-front of palm trees, and overall just making me and every other Mets fans looking at these photos wish we were down there.
This Spring Training will bring a lot of competition, there is no set in stone 5 man-rotation, as Robert Gsellman or maybe even Seth Lugo could out-do Zack Wheeler if he performs better in Spring Training.
In the bullpen, we don’t know who will be closing (or who will be setting up if Reed is forced to move into the closers spot during Familia’s suspension.)
In the infield, we don’t know where T.J Rivera will play. He was very strong down the stretch last year, and it would be a shame to waste him by not giving him a starting infield spot this year if he’s able to produce similar numbers in Spring Training.
The outfield is a mess too, as there are six guys looking at three positions, and, there might not even be a bench spot for one of them, so, the outfielders will definitely have their work cut out for them this Spring.
All in all, a very important Spring Training. Unfortunately, it’ll be chopped up a little bit in the middle with the World Baseball Classic, but, it should be an exciting beginning to an exhilarating season.