Hey, Mike. Wake up! You dozed off there for the last 40 days. Let me fill you in: the Mets are still “interested” in Stephen Drew! That’s about it. Oh, and they’ve signed a couple of veteran pitchers to minor league deals. You know what they say about pitching, can’t have enough of it.
But I’ll say this: If Jenrry Mejia is healthy this spring and reasonably effective, he must be named the #5 starter.
I’m saying: The field should be in his favor. This should not be about who pitches the best in February and early March in meaningless Florida games.
I couldn’t agree more. I have no problem with either the Lannan or Dice-K signings. It’s a long season and starting pitching is usually a war of attrition. But if all of our staff is ready when the bell rings on Opening Day it behooves the Mets to give Mejia first shot. Mejia could be worse than either of the other two pitchers. His resume is still very brief. But how much worse? The ceiling on our veteran signings is as low as their 2014 pay checks.
On the other hand, Mejia could surprise. He has shown flashes. And we need some positive surprises to really compete this year. Taking the safe road is a sure path to a 76-win season. I rather shoot higher, start taking some chances. What could happen? We could only win 70 games. If that is the range, what is the difference?
I’m so with you. I thought he looked electric in the few starts he made toward the end of last season, much improved over what I had seen before when all his pitches seemed to lack bite. If healthy, he could be a “let’s-go-out-to-the-ballpark” type of guy. An exciting arm. Moreover, we are looking at a logjam. Let’s figure these guys out. If Mejia throws well for two months in the majors, his trade value will triple.
If Mejia, Lagares, and d’Arnaud come through things could get interesting. Mejia, in particular, could create a rotation with five dependable starters. More than four is often times a luxury and competitive advantage these days. The idea of the Mets being associated with the words “competitive advantage” would be a welcome change. And I can’t see any good reason that Mejia needs any more time in the minors.
Hey, Mejia’s arm might fall off at any time. That’s my sense of the guy. We don’t know how many bullets he’s got. I don’t need him to fire those shots in Vegas. And I don’t need him to feel extra pressure to win a “competition” for the 5-slot in some stupid Florida game in early March. I want him to get ready, and that’s a different mentality. “Competition” is a nice word — it sounds great — but in this case, I feel the job should be his unless proven otherwise. I’d like for management to show him that support.
One more thought: The same is true for Montero. Should the Mets be considering him as a 7th-inning guy right now? The team needs somebody to emerge out there. Pedro started that way, lots of guys have. I’m saying: Make a decision. As an organization, they’ve been staring at Duda, Davis, and Tejada for almost four years now, waiting for the real player to emerge. Alderson compared it to shopping for a house, gathering information. Okay, enough already. It’s time to cut to the chase, stop dawdling.
I understand Montero starting off in Vegas due to the extra year of control. But once May rolls around, if there is a role he is needed for, get him up.
For three years Sandy Alderson has proven himself to be expert at treading water. As admirable as that trait is, it doesn’t get you anywhere.
It’s time to sink or swim.
In fairness, the Mets system was just named 6th best by Keith Law, whom I respect. So Sandy has achieved some structural things for this club. The rebar is in place.
I just keep thinking of that line from the bartender in T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.”
“HURRY UP PLEASE IT’S TIME.”