How confident are you that the Mets’ current stable of 2-5 pitchers (Perez, Pelfrey, Maine, Figueroa, etc.) will be enough to keep the team competitive in 2010? The club has clearly failed to find a legit #2 starter to back up Johan Santana.
Here was my response:
Onan Coca, South of Shea
Confidence is a funny thing. While I readily admit that these 4 pitchers specifically have not given me reason to hope, I still do. I was hoping that the Mets would be aggressive with Ben Sheets and try and get him signed early, but the rest of the crop of free agent pitchers did not impress me. I was actually less worried about them not getting someone and more worried that the Mets would get someone (like Pineiro or Marquis) and overpay for him the way they did with Oliver Perez.
The cold, hard truth of the matter is that the only difference between Perez, Pelfrey, Maine and any of the available free agents (other than John Lackey, Sheets, Harden, and Bedard) was health. Guys like Jon Garland, Pineiro, and Marquis are not “upgrades” in the rotation — they are exactly the same pitchers with a better “recent” health history. If (and it’s a HUGE IF) Perez, Maine, and Pelfry can remain healthy (and sane) they can be the core of a solid pitching staff — I just don’t know if they can stay healthy and sane.
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