While others would have preferred that we focus on a Wilpon/Picard trial to get our Mets fill this season, I spent the better part of the offseason trying to keep your eyes in between the foul lines because it felt right, but also because it looked like something special was beginning to brew.
In January I said, “If Johan Santana pitches reasonably well and gives us 20 starts this season, the Mets might be able to make some noise”.
One of the big keys to how successful this season would be for the Mets was the further development of left-hander Jon Niese. When rumors abounded this winter that he was on the trading block, my tirade was furious. I said, “It’s not written in stone, but we may have a pitcher here who is read to take the next step in his evolution and become a top of the rotation pitcher”.
Of course my biggest concern and most likely yours as well, was the development of shortstop Ruben Tejada. Is it safe to give the “all clear” sign yet? Not only is he replacing an ic...