Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Things are cliché for a reason.
When it comes to building title contenders you need pitching and defense.
And that is something this year's Binghamton Mets have plenty of.
Gabe Osterhout takes a look at this year's roster as we get ready for opening day.
"The Binghamton Mets had their first workout at NYSEG Stadium for the season. Manager Pedro Lopez says he's excited about this year's team. Part of the reason...the starting pitching and the defense."
The pitching staff is led by opening day starter Collin McHugh, who went 8 and 2 with Binghamton last season and was named B-Mets pitcher of the year.
He'll be followed in the rotation by New York Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler and last season's organizational pitcher of the year Darin Gorski, as well as lefty Mark Cahoon.
"I think the expectations for any staff is to just go out there and compete...go out there and hopefully give quality starts every time out. We've got the guys, not just the rotation but the bullpen that eat a lot of innings and be able to keep our team in the game."
The bullpen is a mix of new guys and familiar faces, including Brad Holt, Eric Turgeon and starter turned reliever Robert Carson.
"The guys we've got in the bullpen..our bullpen is going to be real strong this year and I'm very happy and excited for myself just to see what's held for me this season...I'm just really happy...ready to roll and see what happens."
On offense, Lopez says the team will be a mix of speed and power.
Players like Eric Campbell, Allen Dykstra and Matt Den Dekker will provide some pop while newcomers Jefry Marte and Josh Rodriguez will provide speed.
"I think we'll put enough runs up for them for sure. I don't know what the line-up is going to look like but I think all 13 or 14 position players we have here are capable of hitting in this league."
The B-Mets will open the season on a 6 game homestand starting Thursday night when they host Akron for 3.
Then they'll welcome Erie for a 3 game set.
In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.