Michael Baron @michaelgbaron -Rafael Montero is in consideration for the mets bullpen, right now
Mack – Now, who thought of this one…
Erik Hudson emailed -
Mack, I like your idea of piggybacking Montero (with Harvey). Why not even have him go 4 innings at the beginning with Harvey going 5? Keeps Montero kind of stretched out, and on a starters schedule. You know one of Gee or Niese will go on the DL at some point. Montero also gets some 9th inning experience. You rest the rest of the pen one day out of five. If Harvey needs to skip a spot, Montero is one the right schedule. Later in the season, when Thor comes up, maybe you switch to a Thor/Montero combo to limit Thor's innings and let Harvey go deeper.
Mack – It actually does make a lot of sense in a year where the Mets have too much pitching and a bunch of innings limitations.
And, I never considered the injury history of both Niese and Gee and the probability that one of them will be shut down sometime during the season.
What will be interesting is to see if this idea grows legs with the bloggers and beat reporters.
Sandy Alderson told the beat dudes that he really likes Bartolo Colon and isn’t looking to trade him. He also took the opportunity to remind everyone that Jonathan Niese and Dillon Gee are still available for the taking.
First about Colon… I too like Colon and I think he’s a wonderful 4.00-ERA SP4 for the 2015 season. He also projects to give you an average of seven innings per start which gives your pen a little rest during a grind that will include innings restrictions for other pitchers.
I always figured the best way of generating interest in one of my players would be to say he’s not available, but that’s just me.
Terry Collins said on Monday night that Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Vic Black would compete in camp for the opening day closer job.
I initially found it surprising that Mejia wasn’t awarded this spot because I thought the bad portion of his pitching was the seven starts he threw at the beginning of the season. Then I checked and saw that the 11-appearance, 0.82-ERA July and 12-appearance, 1.54-ERA September surrounds a wild 13-appearance, 5.68-ERA in August.
Competition never hurt a team in camp and all of this might be a moot point once Bobby Parnell comes back, so let the battle begin.
One warning… you take away the closer role from someone that has had it (Mejia) and they may never pitch well again.
There seems to be a disconnect between Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins.
Collins goes on national television and says that “I’ve done nothing for the last four years but preach to our fan base to be patient, and I’ve been trying to be patient. Well, I think we’ve got the pieces. It’s time to step up.”
At the same time, Alderson is basically down the hall saying that the Mets payroll is around $100mil and there is a good chance it’s going to go down before the season starts.
Us lifelong fans understand what he is saying… one of the back end starters (Colon, Gee, Niese) will be moved and replaced by a minimal waged, team controlled pitcher… but it also speaks volumes about the Mts not being involved in any talks for any of the big guys still out there during the Hot Stove season.
So, basically this is your team, Collins says it’s enough, and Alderson is still cutting back.
Hey Reese, I think you’re going to get your wish this year about TC.