Can Chris Young take the Livan Hernandez path to success?

Chris Young had another strong outing, going 5.1 IP and allowing just one run Tuesday night versus the Nationals. So far this Spring, Young has a team-leading 14.1 IP and a squad-best 1.88 ERA and has locked down the team’s fourth starter’s job. Young has allowed 3 BB and 2 HR this Spring and has [...]

Mets SP off to a strong start this Spring Training

Last year the Mets got strong pitching from their whole staff, particularly their starters. Many felt they overachieved, and with the loss of Johan Santana for at leas half a season, many expect the team’s starters to perform significantly worse in 2011. But so far in the Grapefruit League, the Mets’ starters are performing quite [...]

6’10 Chris Young looks for higher ceiling

"Right now, the life on the ball feels better than it did at the same point last year and maybe the year before, and I'm excited about that," said the 31-year-old Chris Young, who made just 18 starts (including four last season) for the Padres over the previous two years due to shoulder injuries. "Mechanically, [...]

Why Capuano should start over Gee

The famous saying is that the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes. One thing in baseball that approaches this level of certainty is if you have a pitcher capable of being an effective starter, you are insane if you pitch him out of the bullpen instead. I’m reminded of [...]

What to expect from Mets’ newest pitching additions

The unanimous feeling amongst Mets fans this offseason was that the franchise needed to acquire more arms to compete, especially with the loss of ace Johan Santana, who will most likely be out for half the year with a shoulder injury. Many Mets fans were upset that the team stood idle while divisional-rival Philadelphia snatched [...]

Innings projections for the 2011 Mets

With the signing of Chris Young, the Mets rotation appears to be set in 2011. Young was not my first choice for a bargain-basement pitcher, but at least if I squint real hard I can imagine him being a useful pitcher this season, which is more than I can say for Kevin Millwood. Now, we [...]