It’s no fun to lose games. It’s even less fun when you do things that have no chance of working out. Let’s look at the last two games for the Mets. On Monday, David Peterson started and fans felt pretty good about that because he’s been solid. But Peterson didn’t have it and the Mets fell into a big hole quickly. It wasn’t fun yet it wasn’t utter disgust. Contrast that with Tuesday, when Michael Wacha started and once again didn’t have it. Not many fans were upset with Peterson – a bad game every now and then happens. But Wacha put up his fifth straight bad game. How long can you continue to throw him out there in a 60-game season?
Steven Matz was removed from the rotation after four straight bad games. And the Mets have seen Matz given them back-to-back seasons of league-average pitching. Why does he have a shorter leash than Wacha? In case you didn’t know – because he was on another team last year – Wacha had a 4.76 ERA and an 89 ERA+. He wasn’t good last year and he missed half the year in 2018. That’s why he was available so cheaply this past offseason. Wacha was worth signing – there was some upside there. But that upside simply hasn’t materialized. Continuing to chase that is a mistake.
The Mets don’t have a good choice to replace Wacha. But when your decision is between someone you’re pretty sure is no good and someone you’re absolutely sure is no good, well, you opt for the former. Erasmo Ramirez may only have a five percent chance of giving a Quality Start. But that’s five percent more than Wacha