How you, as a player, do in spring training has little to do with whether you make the Mets opening day squad – if, for instance, your name is Muno. Sorry to say.
Some guys need not worry. For instance, Curtis Granderson in ST 2014 hit a desultory .157, and yet his place on the Mets was secured by both his past major league credentials but also because of the 60 million bushels of cabbage that the Mets still owed him at that time.
David Wright could struggle all spring, like last year when he hit .200 in the spring, but if he is not on the DL, Captain America, #5, and owed $100 million buckeroos, will be patrolling 3rd base on opening day. If he’s hitting lousy, there will be a flurry of worrisome articles written about what is wrong with Wright, how will it possibly impact their season, etc. But he'll be at 3B - you can put it in the books and seal it with a Rose-etta stone.
Some Mets guys on the fringe, on the other hand, have been getting on base this spring at a dizzying pace. In a few cases, continued high production could perhaps get one or two of them on the team at the expense of 1 or 2 other wannabes. Even if they fail to make the opening day roster, they'll hope they have left a lasting impression on management and will enhance their chances of being called into the skipper's office one day to be told they're headed to Queens, like happened to Eric Campbell last May 10. Eric Campbell got there, played well by and large, and sure hopes it keeps him here in 2015.
Anyway, you get the point. We have, by my count, 9 sure things on offense in terms of opening day - Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Mr. Mayberry. So that leaves 4 spots if we carry 12 pitchers – a back up catcher, a back up infielder, and 2 back up outfielders. Which wannabes are kicking butt so far and have their hats in the ring for those 4 spots? Here goes:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – a guy I have often criticized for striking out too much, but who put together a decent back up OF season for part of 2014, Kirk is out of the gate like a house on fire – 10 for 21, 3 walks, 3 Ks. Out of options, he is sitting pretty in the early running for a back up OF slot.