Friday, February 22, 2013

First course of the season - Grapefruit League

Wendy Adair

All eyes will be on Matt Harvey in 2013 to see if he is the force for the starting rotation that he showed in the second half of 2012

Well Mets fans, the Grapefuit League officially starts tomorrow against Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals.

These games are very important, not because of the scores, but because they truly monitor the talent and versatility of the roster and management can gain insight as to what changes need to be made to the roster in preparation for Opening Day.

Although month of April contains Opening Day it is more an appetizer than main course because teams are working out the kinks and players are getting used to the increased game speed of the regular season, compared to the pace set in Spring Training.

Many fans are disappointed that Sandy Alderson did not procure a "real MLB:" outfielder this past winter.  However, during these Grapefruit League games, Terry Collins and the Mets front office will see what these unknown players can do to better make a plan going forward.

The largest concerns for the Mets is the outfield and the bullpen, the other areas are fairly solid, so that is what fans and Mets management are both going to be monitoring closely the next several weeks leading up to Opening Day.

Lets Go Mets, don't leave a bitter taste in the mouths of fans this spring!

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