I get it. I really do.
At this point, no Mets’ fan in their right mind thinks Johan Santana is going to be ready for Opening Day. And it appears the start will go to Jonathon Niese. And out of any other options in the rotation, Niese is probably the one that most deserves it. Shaun Marcum? No. Dillon Gee? No. Matt Harvey? No. Hmmm, on second thought…
Look, I’m not even saying that I’m an advocate for Harvey to get the Opening Day start. Niese deserves it, albeit it’s an undeserving group to begin with. Mike Francesa brought this up on his show a few weeks ago, and the belief was that Terry Collins wasn’t considering it. That’s not surprising – Collins is very much a “by-the-book” baseball manager, who more than likely believes those honors need to be earned. Case in point with R.A. Dickey a season ago.
And this isn’t even a big deal in the grand scheme of things. However, as Joe DeCaro pointed out on Monday, 60% of the Mets’ payroll may start the season on the DL. And it’s looking m