- First thing's first, The Mets open up the season against the Washington Nationals today in D.C. While the team has lost Wheeler for the season, the club basically comes out of Spring Training both healthy AND on a bit of a winning streak. On the other side though the Nationals are suffering from injuries to major pieces of their team. OFers Jayson Werth and Denard Span, 3B Anthony Rendon, and RP Casey Janssen all open the season on the Disabled List along with nagging injuries to CL Drew Storen. If the Mets are going to make a move this season they need to take advantage of these early season injuries and win at least 2 of these games. If the Mets can improve their record against the Nats from the 4-15 record last year to at least 9-10, that's half of the games they need to get to the 88 wins needed to win a wild card spot... LETS GO METS
(Chris Soto: Man....talk about a huge trade that has major implications. Kimbrel was one of the last remaining competitive pieces the Braves had left. Now only Freddie Freeman remains in what seems to be a hollow line-up. Before I thought the NL East would shake out with the Braves finishing in 4th and the Phillies in 5th. After this though, I've gotta believe that the Braves are now in for a 95-100 loss, last place season.)
Adam Rubin | ESPN New York- The New York Mets and Lucas Duda's representatives have shelved talks about a multiyear contract, allowing the first baseman to concentrate on the upcoming season without the negotiations as a distraction. The sides previously had agreed they would end discussions if no deal was reached by Opening Day. "No agreement was reached, so talks have concluded and Lucas will focus on the upcoming season," agent Dan Horwits told ESPN.com. Duda already had agreed to a $4.2 million contract for 2015, avoiding arbitration.
(Chris Soto: While it would have been nice to lock up Duda to an extension, I'm ok with one not being reached. The fact of the matter is that Duda is already under control through the 2017 season which, by then, 1B prospect Dominic Smith should be knocking on the MLB door along with the next way of prospects in Amed Rosario and Marcos Molina. )
David Hong | MetsMerized Online- The Mets will send 41 year Bartolo Colon to the mound on Opening Day in D.C. “I feel really proud and really thankful to the Mets and the staff to put the honor on me to start,” Colon said through an interpreter. “At my age, I’m really looking forward to doing it...At age 41, he will be the oldest Opening Day starter since Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer. And he will officially be the Mets oldest Opening Day starter passing Tom Glavine who did it in 2007.
(Chris Soto: I've said it in the past and I will say it again...Colon is the perfect fit for this year's Opening Day start. Since the Mets are opening the season with 6 games on the road, the "#1 SP" has to pitch twice. No one wants to see Colon during the Opening Series at Citi Field, we want to see Harvey, deGrom, and Wheeler. Unfortunately Wheeler got hurt but we still get to see the new faces of our franchise on back to back days.)
Matt Synder | CBS Sports- We're less than a handful of days until the 2015 Major League Baseball season begins. It looks to be a very exciting season, chock full of parity -- particularly on the American League side -- and with tons of upcoming young talent. And now, it's time for us to reveal our predictions. Here they are, our 2015 CBSSports.com staff predictions, courtesy of Jon Heyman, Mike Axisa, David Brown, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder.
- Washington Nationals - 5 votes
- Miami Marlins- 3 votes, New York Mets- 2 votes
- New York Mets- 3 votes, Miami Marlins- 2 votes
- Atlanta Braves- 5 votes
- Philadelphia Phillies- 5 votes