Yesterday, I wrote that the Mets would avoid the Sports Illustrated jinx this year. In 2009, SI picked the Mets to win the World Series, but this year's prediction was for fourth place.
But SI's MLB preview, which came out today, also featured a "player to watch" for each team. For the Mets, that player was Daniel Murphy.
Several hours after the new SI hit newsstands, Murphy was diagnosed with a sprained knee and is now out two to six weeks. With Ike Davis waiting in the wings, my friend David has already started calling Murphy Wally Pipp.
As far as I know, the other player featured on the Mets preview page, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, had an uneventful day.