Mets Still Have Giant Questions

By / March 1, 2009 / Spring Training

Here’s the thing. While everyone is all excited about the Mets and are ready for Mets baseball, I’m not.

Do not get me wrong. I am happy baseball is back. It’s like my drug. I was going through some serious withdrawals. I just do not think the Mets are ready.

While I’m fine with the bullpen, the offense, and key position players, I am extremely skeptical about the starting rotation.

If you have to ask why, I will be more than happy to tell you.

There is no solid number five starter.

You can talk to me until you are blue in the face about “If Garcia is back to what he was…” or “Redding will be great if…”

Notice how the word “if” seems to make its way into these statements. I’m not happy with “if“. That word does not bring you championships.

Reports are coming out of camp that Tim Redding is hurting. I’m also hearing Freddy Garcia is tightening up and not really letting it rip like he should be at this point in Spring Training.

As if that is not bad enough, Johan Santana may have done more damage than good rushing his recovery from elbow surgery just to pitch in that stupid WBC.

This is why MLB players should not get involved with the WBC. You rush things for your country and screw your team over. You know! The ones who pay you the big bucks. Your country does not give you a paycheck.

I digress!

He’s being scrapped for his next start on Tuesday and is now expected to pitch three weeks into March. This will more than likely knock him out of being the Opening Day starter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6th.

Some may say there is no need for alarm, but it has been my experience that once you start having problems with your starters, that is enough reason to start questioning if the right moves were made.

Should Redding and Garcia not fully recover, we are stuck with the very ERA bloated Livan Hernandez. If he cannot deliver, we are stuck with the baby, Jonathan Niese.

Niese is not ready for the majors. It will be batting practice for opposing teams. I’m all for taking your lumps to get you going, but not when you are clearly not ready.

There is no doubt the kid is talented. But rushing him is not the answer.

I hated the Hernandez signing. I hated the Garcia signing. I’m not for signing guys who are coming off of major surgeries. I rather get a proven guy.

You can argue all you want with me about how it is always a crap shoot. I just do not agree with these things. The risks are too high when you are trying to get something done.

John Maine, while reports are that he is doing well, he is still a question mark to me. He needs to prove he can get past that fifth inning, no matter what it takes.

Oliver Perez needs to look up the word “consistency” and be that. It means the same thing in a spanish dictionary. Get it together! You got money you did not deserve. You better deliver. Otherwise, I have a place I can deliver you to.

Mike Pelfrey is my man. I love that boy. He needs to do the exact same thing he did last year. Pitch your heart out. Leave it all on the field. To me, he is the only consistent one out of this rotation.

Santana can be the consistent one like he was last year, if he can heal properly. I understand he needs to get his pitches in during Spring Training, but he cannot be rushed. He already made that mistake. Learn from it.

I’m not saying the Mets season is over, despite what certain neanderthals seem to want to think. It’s a bump in the road that should be taken seriously.

The rotation is a problem. It needs to be fixed. Omar Minaya, you need to make another move to solidify this rotation. What has been done is clearly not enough!

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Ed Leyro

Yes, the Mets do have many question marks. Fortunately, the Philthies (and most every other team) have plenty of “ifs” as well. The Philthies are too lefty-laden. They’re depending on Jayson Werth, a man who came off a career year last year, to separate the lefty bats. They have a hole in the bullpen with J.C. Romero missing almost a third of the season. They’re depending on Rip Van Winkle (Jamie Moyer) to be a major part of their rotation. Hey, each of the past two seasons, the Mets overcame all their deficiencies for the first 145 games of each season. It’s those last 17 games that got them. Of course, they can be made better. Last year, Omar didn’t make a move at the trading deadline. Perhaps, this year he will acquire that missing piece and the Mets will have a big enough lead so that their final 17 games won’t have to be as nerve-wracking!

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Ed Leyro

Yes, the Mets do have many question marks. Fortunately, the Philthies (and most every other team) have plenty of “ifs” as well. The Philthies are too lefty-laden. They’re depending on Jayson Werth, a man who came off a career year last year, to separate the lefty bats. They have a hole in the bullpen with J.C. Romero missing almost a third of the season. They’re depending on Rip Van Winkle (Jamie Moyer) to be a major part of their rotation. Hey, each of the past two seasons, the Mets overcame all their deficiencies for the first 145 games of each season. It’s those last 17 games that got them. Of course, they can be made better. Last year, Omar didn’t make a move at the trading deadline. Perhaps, this year he will acquire that missing piece and the Mets will have a big enough lead so that their final 17 games won’t have to be as nerve-wracking!

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Nilvio

At this point in the season, everyone has question marks. Every team does. The mets, like every other team, has huge question mark. I agree with you Tanya. The starting rotation is the biggest question mark. Besides Santana, there is no sure thing. People talk about Pelfry. I remember in April that a lot of met fans didn’t know why he was still getting the ball. It wasn’t until he had that great stretch where he pitched 4 straight games giving up 2 runs or fewer that met fans, including me, began to believe in him. (he only won one of those games). But, what is Mike Pelfry. We just don’t know. He could the pitcher from last year or two years ago. He isn’t proven yet. Look at other young pitchers, aka verlander, willis, olson, bedard. All had great years and then subpar last year. Where does Mr. mike fall. Ollie, my boy, needs to be consistent. Maine, question mark. And the number 5 starter, tba. No team in baseball has a solid number 5 starter (well) maybe the yankees. But, no other team does. Can you name the Braves number 5? what about the red sox? So, the number 5 starter does not worry me. I like that whoever it is, has to earn it. I think the mets bats will be carrying the team for the first part of the season.

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Tanya Mercado

I’m just frustrated that every year the Mets seem to go through this with their starting rotation. Their rotation is always a problem that never gets fixed. It gets a temporary patch. Enough is enough!

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Nilvio

At this point in the season, everyone has question marks. Every team does. The mets, like every other team, has huge question mark. I agree with you Tanya. The starting rotation is the biggest question mark. Besides Santana, there is no sure thing. People talk about Pelfry. I remember in April that a lot of met fans didn’t know why he was still getting the ball. It wasn’t until he had that great stretch where he pitched 4 straight games giving up 2 runs or fewer that met fans, including me, began to believe in him. (he only won one of those games). But, what is Mike Pelfry. We just don’t know. He could the pitcher from last year or two years ago. He isn’t proven yet. Look at other young pitchers, aka verlander, willis, olson, bedard. All had great years and then subpar last year. Where does Mr. mike fall. Ollie, my boy, needs to be consistent. Maine, question mark. And the number 5 starter, tba. No team in baseball has a solid number 5 starter (well) maybe the yankees. But, no other team does. Can you name the Braves number 5? what about the red sox? So, the number 5 starter does not worry me. I like that whoever it is, has to earn it. I think the mets bats will be carrying the team for the first part of the season.

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