Do you miss Mike Pelfrey yet?
After two less-than stellar outings by Chris Schwinden, the Mets are looking more and more vulnerable and are now amidst a three-game losing streak after being swept in Houston by the Astros.
Of course, Schwinden didn’t pitch in every game and is not at most fault, but his two starts have been a major buzzkill. So far in two starts, Schwinden has only pitched eight innings and has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and three walks.
So is this what you envisioned when Pelfrey was lost for the season? Like I said last week, you probably don’t how much you miss something until it’s gone.
The options to help the Mets staff in the minors is barren.
We have been through this already.
The consensus is that the Mets top two prized prospects in Buffalo (Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia) are just not ready for primetime just yet. Both Harvey and Familia need more seasoning and calling them up at this juncture could be detrimental to their growth.
Of course, there is Chris Young who was signed late in the spring for depth. However, Young is in the initial stages of his rehab (currently pitching in simulated games) and is likely at least a month away from contributing. And can we depend on Young to give the Mets the kind of innings Pelfrey did?
What was once was a feel-good story for the Mets could head south soon if the Mets don’t bolster their already thin rotation. After gaining two of three against the Rockies (especially in the fashion they lost the opener) and being 13-9, only to return home 13-12 with a staff complete with a major hole in it is a bit disparaging.
The Mets have proven over the first month they are not a bad team. At least not as bad as some pundits and prognosticators made them out to be.
With that said, the Mets could make push and it’s not a bad idea to scour the pitching market for some help. Sandy Alderson has already stated that, if need be, the Mets would be willing to take on some salary and look to bolster the staff in a mid-season trade.
I don’t know for sure who is available out there, but there has got to be better options than Schwinden. Heck maybe the man who was opposing Schwinden on Wednesday-Wandy Rodriguez-could be had at the right price.
Do they dare make a play for Roy Oswalt?
That’s not likely, so a trade may be the best avenue to explore.
Where a trade becomes tricky is who opposing general managers may want in return when discussing deals with the Mets.
Who is off limits?
I surmise that Mets’ brass will be hard-pressed to give up on their stable of young pitchers in Harvey, Familia, Zack Wheeler and perhaps Jenrry Mejia. The Mets have a decent amount of talent in the minors, which has proven to be vastly underrated, and many players could become valuable trade assets.
As it is, the Mets need to upgrade the rotation as the absence of Pelfrey is starting to reveal some of the shortcomings of this staff. A trade may be the only means to make up for this loss. At the very least, it’s worth exploring.
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