Starting a new one since pitchers and catchers have already arrived a week earlier then expected! Good to see the guys are anxious to get back at it. Theres also some news to report on the injury front. Per the NY Post Blog: I personally saw Johan Santana, David Wright, Duaner Sanchez, Oliver Perez, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey and Eddie Kunz all here this morning after vigorous workouts at Tradition Field on a cloudy, windy day with temperatures in the low 70s. More than a dozen prospects and various veterans here on minor-league deals also could be seen doing sprints and throwing, and several pitchers were working out under the supervision of new bullpen coach Randy Niemann and the man he just replaced, Guy Conti (I guess -- happily -- that Guy really is being kept around instead of being shuffled off like many of us suspected after Pedro Martinez wasn't re-signed). Several more regulars (including Frankie Rodriguez) are expected to start rolling in here in the next day or two, even though pitchers and catchers don't officially report until Friday or begin their official workouts until Sunday. Mets officials said the heavy turnout is indicative of how eager the players are to make up for the past two collapses. "They're ready to get going and get that bad taste out of their mouths," a Met insider told me. "It's nice to see." ----------------- Love the enthusiasm. This team should have a chip bigger then anything Bill Gates could create after the last 3 years. Anything less then a World Series is going to be disappointing. Vegas opened us up at 8-1 favorites and Baseball Prospectus also has us winning the division by 5 games over Atlanta. The predictions are done by the same Nate Silver who said the last two years our pen would be a huge weak spot. So damn him and all his correctness but lets hope hes right this time: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/ Maine pitching pain-free PORT ST. LUCIE -- John Maine John Maine , who is coming back from surgery to fix a bone spur in his right shoulder, threw off the mound here for the second time in four days and said he is pitching without pain. That is in sharp contrast to last season, when Maine said he couldn't even throw between starts because of the soreness. The spur wasn't removed, Maine added, but rather shaved down instead. "I feel a lot, lot better," Maine said. ~ny post ------------------------- Great news as Maine and Pelfrey are without question the keys to this staff. We know what we will get from Johan (consistency) and Perez (Inconsistency). We know Garcia and Redding are at best reclamation projects with upside and that Niese will have some rough patches when hes called upon. The difference between an average and potentially excellent staff will be Pelfrey and Maine and whether they improve or stagnate. I tend to favor the optimistic viewpoint on both because I feel there are reasons for such optimism. Maine when hes been healthy has always been good. At his age he should just be entering his prime. Something along the lines of 15-9/3.75/1.20/200k's is certainly within his grasp. My expectations for Pelfrey are even higher. Lets Go Mets!