Well, here we are. Near the end of another spring training. The New York Mets are winding down their seven-week stay in Port. St. Lucie as questions abound before the dawning of the 2012 campaign on April 5 against the Braves at Citi Field.
Forget about the dismal spring training record. That never counts. May it be an omen of things to come though? Perhaps. The Mets have been abysmal this spring.
What is infinitely more important though are the answers to the following questions: Is Johan Santana going to be ready for Opening Day? Will there be any lingering effects of Valley Fever for Ike Davis? Has David Wright recovered fully from his rib cage injury? Will Andres Torres be set for the season opener after sustaining a nagging calf injury in mid-March?
The skeptics are out in full force. Including me. Right now, this certainly looks like a last-place club in the rugged NL East. For now though let's be optimistic and look into the crystal ball and try and predict how their 25-man roster will perform in 2012.....