Potentially frightening/hilarious news in Andy Martino’s latest Daily News column. The Mets are thinking — not seriously thinking, I don’t believe, but at least kicking around the idea — of turning Jason Bay into a center fielder:
Imperfect circumstances call for creative solutions, and in recent weeks the Mets have kicked around many ideas for 2012. In that spirit, a well-placed front office source said it is “a possibility” that the Mets will move Jason Bay to center field next year. That remains far from likely, the source said …
The upshot would be an outfield of Bay in center, Lucas Duda in right and Daniel Murphy in left.
We already know that Murphy is a disaster wherever he’s placed. Bay is a good enough left fielder, but I can’t see any planet on which he’d have the wheels to handle the big Citi Field outfield. In sum, it would seem to be the absolute worst thing for a team that plays in a big pitchers’ park in which good outfield defense would seem to be the key to everything.
It’s just brainstorming, of course, and the worst thing you can do in a brainstorming session is hold back ideas because you think they’re silly. But yeah, this is one that probably doesn’t make it past the big white board.
Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.
Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.
The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.
Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.
Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.
There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.