As expected, it didn’t go over to well with the media and with the public. Columnists, reports and fans laughed at the idea that this Mets team could win 90 games. This is the same team that doesn’t have a regular at first base or shortstop, is missing Matt Harvey and is still really young.
But still, the comments were made and now they are the talking point of the season. If Alderson wants the Mets and his comments to be taken seriously, then steps need to be taken in order for that to happen.
Let’s face facts; the Mets have been the laughing-stock of New York baseball for the past eight seasons. From collapses to a certain Luis Castillo incident in the Bronx to Jason Bay and everything in between, the Mets have been on the wrong side of history.
The new front office has breathed some life and enthusiasm to a fan base that needed something to cheer about.
Now it’s time to put a good product out on the field. And that starts with the rotation. Without Harvey, the Mets went out and signed Bartolo Colon. Including that addition the Mets have four locks for the rotation: Colon, Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. The fifth spot has been a battle between lefty John Lannan, Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The entire spring, rhetoric from manager Terry Collins suggested that it was a two-person race, Lannan and Matsuzaka.
Jenrry Mejia should have that fifth spot, if the Mets want to be taken seriously in their aspirations of winning 90 games.
Mejia has always been a question mark. Injuries have kept him off the field and have hindered his ability to take that next step. This spring however not only has Mejia stayed healthy; he has also looked very sharp in his appearances.
Mejia is the better pitcher of the three. Every scout and commentator agrees with that. It has always been the health of Mejia that has kept people skeptical of his ability to help a big league club.
With only two weeks remaining before the season begins, it’s time for Sandy Alderson to show the Mets are serious about 2014. Make Mejia the fifth starter, put Lannan in the bullpen and have Dice-K as some insurance in case of another injury (like Niese). Although, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom may be next in line for a shot and Noah Syndergaard is right behind them.
The Mets have strength in pitching, and they should exploit that and put a good product out on the field. Winning 90 games should be laughable anymore; it should be a realistic goal. And this is the start of that transition. It starts with Jenrry Mejia.