Right Fielder Carlos Beltran

Via ESPN

“It was good,” Beltran said. “Normally you don’t see lefties in spring training. … From the left side I felt like I was a little bit more patient. From the right side I was jumping a little bit. Now I have an idea what I need to work on from the right side.”

Manager Terry Collins plans for Beltran to again serve as DH on Monday and get three at-bats, although Beltran cautioned: “Maybe playing tomorrow. Let’s see how everything feels tomorrow. You can do all the training you have to, but once you play games, the intensity is a little bit more. Hopefully tomorrow I feel good and I’m ready to go again.”

Beltran looked good today. Not totally healthy, but progressing. His play is probably one of the more interesting story-lines of spring training. When healthy Beltran is a game-changer and an integral part of the Mets offense.

His play is not just an important piece to the offense, but to our defense as well. In a selfless move, Beltran has agreed to play right field, allowing Pagan to roam center. Taking the demotion in stride avoids possibly problems in the clubhouse, and its not like having two great fielders is a bad thing. If Beltran is happy playing right field then we have a great defensive outfield as well. Something that is important when you consider the ballpark the Mets play in and the pitchers on their staff.

If the Mets have any chance of competing for a playoff spot they are going to need a healthy Beltran. A healthy Beltran teamed up with Angel Pagan and Jason Bay will give the Mets one of the top outfields in baseball. The pitching wasn’t the big problem last season, it was the offense. Let’s see if a full season of production from Beltran can change that.


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