Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/31/13
The Mets’ season starts on Monday and the roster is set. John Buck will be the catcher on opening day, and Jeremy Hefner will start the year off in the rotation. Prized catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and pitcher Zack Wheeler are starting the 2013 season at Triple-A Las Vegas. With Wheeler, this was foreseeable because he was sent to the Minor League camp midway through spring training. However, some believe that d’Arnaud could have started the year in the bigs, and think that opening day starter John Buck is not a viable starting catcher. However, there is something to be said for the amount of experience that Buck provides. Usually the idea of bringing in a veteran player because of his leadership is a euphemism for saying that a player has seen better years. However in Buck’s case it could make a real difference. Sure, Buck hit a dismal line of .192/.297/.347 and accrued a WAR of 1.0, but like all statistics, WAR doesn’t necessarily indicate the value of every type of playe...
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