Hi Sandy, you don’t know me but I’m your average John Q. Mets Fan. I’ve actually appreciated the way you’ve run the team for the past couple seasons under particularly trying times for the organization. I do have a few requests to you as we move towards the 2012 season, but I think they’re pretty reasonable.
Sign a Better Backup Plan: Right, so Santana looks healthy, Niese looks stronger, R.A. Dickey is every Met fans man crush and then… we grab for the ant-acids. I’ll start with Dillon Gee, because frankly I have more faith in him than Mike Pelfrey. The rose colored glasses are beginning to get a little spotty and we may need to take them off if Gee cannot harness some of the voodoo magic he managed in 2011. I like Gee but the fact that his stuff just isn’t amazing makes me seriously worry about his continued success in the majors.
Though… not as worried as I am when Mike Pelfrey makes a start. Really, I said it was a mistake when he was let go around arbitration and I’m looking really smart for that. My thinking was that you could get two equally talented and reliable arms for the price of one Pelfrey. Now… people still hoped for Pelfrey’s upside but at this point I’m not sure an upside exists. More importantly, what if Santana ISN’T healthy, or Niese and Dickey get attacked by a rampaging rhino?
Who’s Waiting in the Wings:
- Chris Schwinden: I prefer to call him Dillon Gee 1.1 because he’s so similar with slight upgrades to stuff. To keep this within the computer metaphor you should imagine that Chris Schwinden hasn’t been Beta tested so while he boasts slightly improved bandwidth, he might be a bit glitchy.
- Miguel Batista: I don’t actually believe that Collins or Alderson would want Batista up for any extended amount of time. I just don’t think he can cut it for very long against big league hitting and I think they know that. He’s really only a short term option.
- Jeremy Hefner: This acquisition hasn’t exactly wowed me in his time this spring. Perhaps he has more to show me but…. I just don’t see an MLB pitcher.
- Matt Harvey: So… we Met fans talked it over and we decided we’d prefer not to waste the contract flexibility of keeping Harvey out of the majors on what seems like a wasted season. The troubling thing is, that we’ll probably change our tunes if Gee and Pelfrey stink and we start getting injuries.
- Jeurys Familia: At this point I’m beginning to think that Familia is best served by becoming a closer. He gets all of 2012 to develop a 3rd pitch, but he doesn’t have one and isn’t really an option.
- Jenrry Mejia: If he was healthier I think he might already be challenging Pelfrey for that #5 starter slot. As it stands he needs to get healthy and stay healthy long enough for his critics to calm down about his questionable mechanics.
What Am I Asking For?: I think that Chris Young is beginning to make a TON of sense. Sure, he probably wouldn’t manage more than 10 starts in the majors but we’re looking for a guy who can give us some time here and there while we get our 2013 in order. Maybe we could convince Pelfrey to go to AAA and work on things for a while until Chris Young arm comes tumbling towards the batter’s box ahead of the ball? I don’t really have a perfect solution but I don’t think Chris Young could hurt.
Let The Kids Play: This might fall under the realm of Terry Collins but humor me. Let us imagine that Andres Torres is hurt or that Ruben Tejada is attacked by rabid wolverines… or… let us simply imagine that we’re all sick of watching Jason Bay strikeout or ground into inning ending double plays. The Mets have prospects like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Den Dekker, Juan Lagares, Reese Havens, Jordany Valdespin, Zach Lutz, Josh Satin and Adam Loewen (Not really a prospect) who all have something to prove. None of these players strikes us as a slam dunk prospect the way that Harvey or Wheeler do. None of them need to be protected that way. It is more than okay with me and many other Met fans to see if we have some tools in the tool box for 2013 early. It is also more than okay to not make Ronny Cedeno or Scott Hairston starters… ever.
Thanks in Advance,
Your Supporter, David