The New York Mets have a lot going on during Grapefruit League play this spring. From the expected return of Zack Wheeler, to the hopeful resurgence of their young catcher, to an overpopulated outfield. Here are three key storylines to keep your eye on in Mets camp.
Staying healthy has been an issue for the Mets for a while now. Between the young star rotation to the ailing veterans, the Mets need to find a way to stay healthy this Spring Training. Obviously the main concern is the rotation staying healthy, as four out of the five projected starters are coming off season ending surgery. However, David Wright has already suffered a setback and likely won’t be ready for Opening Day. Lucas Duda has also suffered a setback with his back, however he is expected to be able to swing today. Hopefully the early appearance of the injury bug isn’t a sign of things to come for the Mets.
2 The Hopeful Resurgence of Travis d’Arnaud
Travis d’Arnaud has had a beginning of his career to forget. In four years he has only appeared in 281 games, and has hit to a career average of .245 with 46 doubles, 30 home runs, and 102 RBI’s. However, he has worked very hard this offseason to turn those numbers around. He spent a tremendous amount of time this offseason working with hitting coach Kevin Long to change up his batting setup. Thus far in camp, d’Arnaud looks much better as he is hitting .500 with a long home run. The drastic bat wrap appears to be gone, and d’Arnaud cut down his leg kick. A full healthy and productive season out of their young catcher would be a huge boost to the Mets offense.
3 The Right Field Competition
To this day I still can not tell you who the starting right fielder will be for the New York Mets on Opening Day, scratch that I don’t think Terry Collins can answer that question for you either. Jay Bruce wasn’t moved this offseason, so now the Mets have a logjam in the outfield. Micael Conforto has been tearing the cover off the ball and playing some tremendous defense thus far in camp. If you were to ask me, Conforto needs to play. This team needs to stop messing with the kids development and just let him get his at-bats. We’ll see come Opening Day who steals the starting job in right.