Some fans say, "wake me up on Opening Day, don't bother me with this spring training stuff." Not me.
I LIKE to follow spring training, as it is fascinating to see how things unfold with different guys. So this is what I see as just some interesting Spring Things:
Phil Evans is proving he is no 2016 fluke, going 11 for 33 with just 4 whiffs. No walks, either. Like those 2 dingers and 8 rib eyes.
Gavin Cecchini is proving he is no 2016 fluke, hitting .409 in 24 PAs, with 2 doubles, a homer, and just 3 whiffs.
Brandon Nimmo was proving he was no 2016 fluke, going 10 for 21 prior to the WBC, with just 3 whiffs...then the hammy whammy hit. Heal thee up quickly, thou fine and stalwart young man.
Travis Taijeron started out 1-7 with 4 Ks, and it wasn't looking good. Since then, he is 9 for 26, with just 4 more Ks. Maybe, just maybe, he is in the process of scaling back on his fanning extremes.
Asdrubal Cabrera is hinting at what playing healthy in 2017 could look like, hitting .355/.412/.710 in 12 games, and yes, just 4 Ks in 34 PAs.
Luis Guillorme has been in SEVENTEEN GAMES, folks. Hitting .290, 3 strikeouts in 33 PAs. Somehow, I feel Terry Collins is truly impressed with LG, which also stands for Lethal Glove.
Champ Stuart has fanned a ghastly 11 out of 22 times. Disappointingly, 2 lefties, Dom Smith (11 in 36 PAs) and Michael Conforto (10 in 43 PAs), have fanned too too mucho, although of the two, Conforto has hit much better. But Mike, just 1 walk in 43 plate appearances? Ya Gotta Walk Like a Man, in all Four Seasons.
Matt Reynolds, he of the suspect bat, is 3 for 30 (and 6 walks, to be fair). That whizzing sound he heard was Luis G passing him by.
Lucas Duda is 7 for 24, with ALL SEVEN for extra bases. Bad backs don't do that.
David Wright's shoulder impingement (saw an article about it) sounds like another major ordeal. Somewhere, Frank Sinatra is singing, "And now, the end is near..."
Rafael Montero has seventeen strikeouts in just 11.1 IP? Even Met-turned-Cubbie Jack Leathersich is impressed! But like Jack, Monty walked a bunch - 4 in 1.2 IP the other day, and allowed 2 hits, too, in his first BAD spring outing. Will he shake it off and get back to being lethal?
PJ Conlon went to the other extreme, throwing 7.2 pretty decent innings, but with ZERO strikeouts - maybe he can borrow a few Ks from Raffie.
But Ed Kranepool is not impressed...he had 6 at bats with the Mets in 1962 as a 17 year old and got to the plate 294 times as a Met at the age of 18 in 1963 and hit .209. And at age 19, he played almost a full season and hit .257. His suggestion to Giminez? Quit dawdling.
Not paying attention to the Yanks at all this spring, I took a look and boy, they have some fireworks going on: Tyler Wade, Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez and Mr, McKinney are a combined 58 for 139 (.417), with 13 homers. Years of an intense rivalry in NYC between NYY and NYM are about to ensue, that's my take.
So, folks, is it just me, or is all of the above interesting stuff?