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New York Mets Spring Training News and Notes: 3/9/12

The New York Mets have had plenty of highs and lows in Spring Training thus far, as the guys will be playing in a split squad game against National League-rival the Atlanta Braves today. Here are some of the highs and lows from the action down in Florida thus far.

Mets that have impressed:

Andres Torres: The center fielder has big shoes to fill, as Torres is slated to take over the leadoff spot in the batting line-up, has shown a nice mix of speed and skill for the Mets. Torres thus far has been able to record big hits against the Cardinals and scored the lone run in the team’s loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday.

New York will need a spark plug in the 2012 season, and Torres can be that guy showing patience at the place and aggressiveness on the bases.

Johan Santana: The ace returned to the Mets on Tuesday, in the teams’ 8-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Santana pitched two scoreless innings, as the lefty threw 17 of 29 pitches for strikes in his first action since tearing an anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

All eyes will be on Santana, as the starting rotation will be bolstered by his return. If Santana can begin his regularly scheduled starts, it will take pressure off young starters Mike PelfreyDillon Gee and Jon Niese.

Backstops the key for Mets success:

Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas will be manning the catching gear for the Mets and will be a big key to whatever successes the Mets will have in 2012.  The duo had a pair of hits in the win against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Dynamic Duo:

Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner have helped the Mets to drive in some big runs thus far this Spring Training. Murphy drove in the first run of the camp, while Turner had a three-run homer in the win against the Marlins.

That’s got to hurt:

The one thing that continues to haunt this team is injuries, the Orange and Blue had a ton of guys on the disabled list in 2011-and unfortunately that trend continues into Spring Training.

Already the Mets are sitting David Wright, who is resting up his sore ribs. There was also the Valley Fever scare that Ike Davis was diagnosed with. Davis is hoping to return to the team from a severe ankle injury that kept the slugger out all of last season.

The Mets/Braves game is set to take place at 1:00 PM as rookie pitcher Matt Harvey will take the hill for New York. New York will have a special online audio airing of the game, and for anyone wanting to check out the play-by-play are invited to check out the link below:


Written on March 9, 2012

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