The Mets will make a much shorter trip today, 40 minutes or so down I-95 to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter Florida. The game is at 1:05 and will not be televised.
Jose Reyes SS
Fernando Martinez CF
David Wright 3B
Carlos Delgado 1B
Moises Alou LF
Ryan Church RF
Ruben Gotay 2B
Brian Schneider C
Marlon Anderson DH
John Maine will get the start, and also scheduled to pitch: Duaner Sanchez, Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith, Ruddy Lugo.
UPDATE: Sanchez has been scratched after needed an extra day to recover. He will pitch tomorrow.
I can't wait to see what a 1-2 punch of Reyes and Martinez can do. Martinez is getting the start in center as Carlos Beltran is still recovering. Once Beltran is back, Willie Randolph said he will use Martinez in the corner outfield positions.
Gotay's going to get a lot of work at second, as Damion Easley will be more of a roving utility man more than a back-up second baseman this season.
I'm really interested to see what ALL of these pitchers will be able to do today. Sanchez, Smith, and Register are all very intriguing. To me, Schoe is the only lock to make the team besides Maine, and the other pitchers are all battling for one or maybe two spots to make the team right out of spring training.