New York Mets: Grapefruit League

Grapefruit League schedule

November, 12, 2010
11/12/10
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The Mets have not released their schedule for Grapefruit League play, which opens Feb. 26. But the three most frequent opponents, the Marlins and Cardinals, who both play in Jupiter, and the Nationals, who play in Viera, have released their spring dates. Also, the Braves' schedule for home games at Disney is out. And the Astros have released their schedule. Here's a look based on the info from the other teams, plus the opener being announced by a broadcast rights holder:

February
26 Atlanta Braves, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
27 Atlanta Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m.
28 Washington Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

March
1 Washington Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m.
2 St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
3 St. Louis Cardinals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
4 Florida Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
5 Atlanta Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m.
8 Washington Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. (split squad)
8 Houston Astros, Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
9 Houston Astros, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
10 Florida Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
10 Washington Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
11 Florida Marlins, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
12 Atlanta Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m.
13 St. Louis Cardinals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
15 Washington Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
19 Washington Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. (split squad)
19 Atlanta Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
20 Florida Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
23 St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
24 St. Louis Cardinals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
25 Florida Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
27 St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
28 Florida Marlins, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
29 Washington Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m.
30 Florida Marlins, Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.

Here they come, New York

April, 3, 2010
4/03/10
4:59
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The New York Mets completed their spring training with a whimper, losing to the Baltimore Orioles, 11-0, in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday.

Still, manager Jerry Manuel suggested the 2010 Amazin’s are ready for Monday’s Opening Day matinee featuring Johan Santana against Marlins ace right-hander Josh Johnson. Whether that’s wishful thinking remains to be seen.

“Obviously you’d like to have your shortstop at least,” Manuel said, referring to Jose Reyes, who will spend a minimum of the season’s first four games on the disabled list. “But I think we’re ready. I think we’ve still got to pitch. We’re going to have to pitch. I think we’ll catch it. I think that we’ll hit -- hopefully timely -- and win some games.”

In the finale, left-hander Jon Niese tossed four scoreless innings before surrendering a grand slam to Miguel Tejada during a five-run fifth. Sean Green, the final reliever to make the team, was charged with four runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run homer by Nolan Reimold.

“Obviously it’s another outing where the numbers don’t show how good I felt out there,” Niese said. “But it’s one bad inning.”

Niese overcame a gruesome hamstring tendon tear suffered Aug. 5 at Citi Field against the St. Louis Cardinals to earn the rotation role. He was bedridden after surgery for three weeks, and didn’t throw off a mound until the team’s voluntary minicamp in mid-January. Manuel earlier this year didn’t expect Niese would be in the fifth-starter’s mix because team officials believed he would need to be treated gingerly during camp while recovering from the injury.

Now, after Manuel adjusted the rotation this week, Niese technically is the No. 3 starter. Well, at least he will pitch the season’s third game, Thursday against Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

“I worked real hard in the offseason,” Niese said. “I didn’t have much of a life because I was rehabbing. All the hard work paid off.”

Niese finished the Grapefruit League schedule with a 6.52 ERA. The Mets collectively had a 5.19 ERA while going 14-16-1.

Among prominent players, David Wright hit .278 with five homers in 54 at-bats, while Jason Bay hit .340 with four homers in 53 at-bats. The spring’s top average belonged to first base prospect Ike Davis, who hit .480 with three homers in 25 at-bats before being dispatched to minor-league camp. Davis opens the 2010 season at Triple-A Buffalo.

HOMECOMING: Frank Catalanotto, who squeezed onto the roster along with Mike Jacobs once Daniel Murphy suffered a sprained right knee ligament and headed to the DL, is thrilled to be able to play at Citi Field in his career’s twilight. The 35-year-old Catalanotto grew up in Smithtown, Long Island. He still lives there. The utility man, who believes his best position is left field, lives five minutes from his parents’ home, in a house he built four years ago.

“It’s been a dream of mine to be able to play at home and have my family and friends there. It will be really special to be out there,” Catalanotto said. “It’s a different feeling. I’m really proud of myself with the start that I got off to in the spring. I think I was 1-for-my-first-13, and I wasn’t getting a lot of at-bats, and I didn’t really get my timing down. It didn’t look good for me. I just said to myself, ‘Hey, this is something that you really want. Take it seriously the last two or three weeks of spring.’ I was able to start seeing the ball better and get some hits. I felt like I won the job.”

As for Jacobs and Catalanotto both making the team, the Long Island native said: “It wasn’t something that really was going to be likely, but it happened.”

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.293 7 38 59
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 56
RD. Murphy 59
OPSL. Duda .856
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121