The Mets Opening Day starter will be Mike Pelphrey. The Mets new manager Terry Collins made the announcement today. Since Johan Santana is on the shelf until at least the All-Star break due to shoulder surgery, Pelphrey is the logical choice to start the opener for the Mets. He won 15 games last year.
But with pitchers and catchers not reporting to spring training for another 3 1/2 weeks, why make the announcement now?
What if Pelphrey has an awful spring? Although many veteran pitchers have crappy springs since they are working on things and wisely don't treat spring games like post-season games.
We know guys like Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and the like are their team's Opening Day starters. But since Pelphrey is not in that class, if I were Collins I would have made Pelphrey sweat a bit in spring training before making the announcement.
Am I picking on the Mets? Hey, it's what I do.