June 23, 2021

Syndergaard’s catcher, Cano rebound, Cespedes factor (New York Post)

The Post’s Mets beat writer Mike Puma breaks down all the angles as the Amazin’s get set to open spring training.

Best position battle

The Mets have six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, so if everybody is healthy, who will get squeezed to the bullpen? Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are locks for the rotation, and Marcus Stroman would also appear likely to have a spot. That would leave Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha battling for two spots. Matz is the only left-hander among the starting pitchers.

Most intriguing minor leaguer

Andres Gimenez slumped offensively at Double-A Binghamton last season but rebounded to win the batting title in the Arizona Fall League. A smooth-fielding infielder, Gimenez’s defense is considered first-rate.

Story to watch develop

Syndergaard wasn’t thrilled with the idea of throwing to Wilson Ramos as last season progressed. Now the Mets will attempt to get both in sync. Ramos brings a solid bat to the Mets’ lineup, but his game-calling and defense are questionable.

Manager’s toughest challenges

Finding at-bats for J.D. Davis could be a challenge for Luis Rojas if everybody is healthy. Davis emerged last…

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