The Mets are picking up where they left off last year and that is with a bunch of guys on the disabled list.
Shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Daniel Murphy and centerfielder Carlos Beltran will all open the season on the DL. The Mets are being cautious with Reyes since he missed most of last year with a hammy problem and this year with the thyroid thing. Murphy hurt his knee in a rundown and Beltran is trying to get healthy after arthroscopic surgery last year.
The starting rotation is in a shambles already. Let's see, Johan Santana. That's pretty good. John Maine? Eh. Mike Pelphrey? Ugh. Jon Niese? Who? Oliver Perez? Yikes.
I've always been surprised when I see how bad Perez is. I recall sitting in Coors Field watching Perez strike out 13 Rockies in 2002. For him to have a career sub-500 record (58-64) and and ERA of 4.54 baffles me.
Anyway, the Mets are going nowhere this year. The same place they went to last year.