The New York Mets have started off Spring Training with a bit of a thud, going just 2-5 without generating much in the way of offense. They’ve had some setbacks for sure over the course of the first few games of the Spring, and that is to be expected for a team that is really being cut and pasted together and built for the future. Making MLB picks on the Mets won’t be easy all season long, and the rest of Spring Training isn’t going to be any easier.

The news this week already started lousily, as Manager Terry Collins thinks that there is “almost no chance” that Johan Santana starts the season anywhere but the disabled list. Santana is still coming off of offseason surgery, and he really doesn’t look like a man that is ready to get back out there and throw on opening day. This won’t be the week that we see Santana back in real live action, though just a few steps in the right direction would be encouraging for the man that threw the first no-hitter in Mets’ history last season.

On deck over the course of the next few days is a very eclectic schedule. Matters start on Wednesday with a visit from the Venezuelan World Baseball Classic team, and from there, it’s back to regular Grapefruit League action. New York will face the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros at home on Thursday and Saturday and go on the road to the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, the Tigers again, and the Washington Nationals to get us to the middle of next week.

New York has lost back to back Spring Training games, dropping to the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and Monday of last week.