With Opening Day less than two weeks away, manager Luis Rojas and other Mets decision makers are looking for new challenges: How do you evaluate players – and decide who should be on the list – based on short camps that almost entirely consist of training. and scrimmages?
Instead of one month of exhibition games as in normal spring training, the Mets only have two schedules, the following Saturday and Sunday against the Yankees. In addition, there will be pitchers and Mets hitters facing each other until July 24th.
“It’s still too early to do that evaluation,” said Rojas, who noted that pitchers had so far “dominated” in the Mets’ practice, which is unusual for an early spring training environment. “We might be fooling ourselves if we get away with a few things. I mean, batters get their rhythm. They might take a few days to (get) where they need to be.
“Throwers come out strongly from this break like they appear in camp. I look forward to next week, the match, for them to start getting into rhythm to see what they bring to the table for us, how much is it worth when we enter the season. ”
Register Opening Day will be 30 players. After two weeks, it will go down to 28 players. After two more weeks, 26 players.
The Mets don’t have a big list decision to make, with the initial lineup, rotation and top bullpen location already decided. But they will have the choice of going to the bottom of the depth chart in most positions.
Rojas said the Mets had to balance the player’s track record with how he looked during the camp in making that decision.
“The call should be late, too late,” Rojas said. “That discussion doesn’t even exist yet.”
Intrasquad is interesting
Amed Rosario, who has played catch-up since missing the first two days at the camp, played 0-for-2 in his first intrasquad match on Saturday.
JD Davis, who was trying to catch Max Moroff’s double, ran to the left-center wall at full speed. He is slow to get up but seems fine.
Jeff McNeil returns from Hunter Strickland. When he was third, he gave a high five to third base coaches who were absent.
Michael Wacha put up four innings, up one from the previous five days of sightseeing. Steven Matz went three frames, the same as last time.
To make up for their Friday rain, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora did a direct hit after scrimmage.
Robinson Cano was absent for five days in a row. Reliever Brad Brach is also not at the camp yet. “We hope to see them soon, but there is no time limit when we will see these people,” Rojas said … After 10 consecutive days of training, the Mets will mark the midpoint of the camp with a Monday holiday … Rojas so far in the camp: “It’s been a week (nine days) and it feels longer than that. We have had a long day. ”
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