NOTE (10:18 AM, July 25, 2015): This article was published well prior to the Mets acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
It’s tempting to write an article begging the New York Mets to make a big trade for a significant bat at the deadline. After all, adding one of Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Upton, Todd Frazier or Yasiel Puig would instantly address the team’s offensive problems.
But it’s pretty unlikely the Mets make such a deal. And as ESPN‘s Mark Simon astutely wrote about recently, it might not be wise for it to happen, either.
Instead, there’s a realistic alternative: the Mets could trade for platoon partners and generally helpful, but not “star”-caliber players without hemorrhaging the future. Continue reading
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Getting no-hit by San Francisco Giants’ rookie Chris Heston last night was another low point to the New York Mets’ season. Despite the morale blow, the Mets are still, somehow, in first place in the NL East.
But not for long.
For you see, the Mets have the ability to improve — without even making a trade — but for reasons unknown, they refuse to. Continue reading
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Going into 2015, the New York Mets will be faced with a unique situation: The team will have far too many starting pitchers.
In addition to Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner returning from Tommy John surgery, the Mets will also sport at least two additional major league-ready pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. And if you’re a believer in Jacob deGrom as a starter, he would bump that number up to three.
With the likes of current rotation mates Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and, to a lesser extent, Jenrry Mejia, all under contract next season, the Mets will possess 10 very viable starting pitchers for just five rotation slots in 2015.
Assuming the Mets front office will look to improve the team’s collective park-adjusted 88 wRC+ for next season, dealing at least one of their starting pitchers only makes sense.
Below details the likelihood of each pitcher’s chances of locking up a 2015 rotation spot, getting relegated to bullpen duties or possibly being shipped elsewhere. Continue reading
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Tagged Bartolo Colon, Ben Berkon, Bleacher Report, Dillon Gee, Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia, Jeremy Hefner, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Mets, Mets Pitching Prospects, Mets Rotation, New York Mets, New York Mets: Who Is Going to Crack Their 2015 Rotation?, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, The Beanball, Zack Wheeler
Matt Harvey has been the toast of town. And rightfully so. The 24-year-old has hurled a 1.54 ERA, 2.39 FIP, and 3.9 K/BB through 35 innings, and has also been victorious in all four of his decisions. Harvey’s dominant performance to date has prompted just about every Mets fan to wonder when the organization will extend the budding ace.
However, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal — and much to the chagrin of Mets fans — the Mets haven’t broached the subject yet.
While there is no doubt the Mets should quickly extend Harvey before he starts booking Light ‘N Lively Yogurt ads, the team should also consider locking up his more modestly performing rotation-mate, Dillon Gee. Continue reading