Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Our newest writer, Bobby McLaughlin, posts up his first post today at 12noon and, well, let’s just say it’s a different spin on how many of us look at our favorite team.
I can’t wait to see the comment responses.
Pedro Martinez on Matt Harvey[i]
“As good as anyone in the game. He’s got everything he needs. He’s got toughness, he’s got desire, he’s got fire, he knows how to pitch, he is a competitor and he is smart. He has the entire package. Harvey is the key to the Mets in every way. Without Harvey, no way. Remember, [Jacob] deGrom, it is only his second year — the hitters are going to be aware of the Rookie of the Year. Harvey is the biggest piece for that organization. I get excited when I watch him pitch.’’
Harvey has got high quality stuff, and his composure on the mound is throwback. If you are facing a guy like that, he’s commanding the mound and that’s the thing that impressed me the most about him. It’s unfortunate he got hurt, but they say he’s back and I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch this year.
The other great thing about him is that he’s not afraid to pitch inside. So many pitchers today don’t pitch inside. The only way to get the best big league hitters out is that you have got to be able to go inside — twice, you have to go back and finish him off in an at-bat. That is the biggest thing’’
Mack – Boy, it’s nice to see someone write about something other than shortstop.
I expect Harvey to start off slow, but I just can’t see the down side here. Yes, out of respect alone, he will be slotted SP1, but don’t be surprised he isn’t pulled in the 5-6 inning range for the first 5-7 outings.
What the Mets need to do is formulate a three relief pitcher plan on the days Harvey pitches, starting with someone that has the capability of punching out two innings of successful relief (is this where I insert my Rafael Montero pitch?).
And while we’re back on the subject, what’s wrong with extending that to a three inning stint and calling this a piggyback situation? We’re still trying to find a place to play this guy, especially if two of the other three backend starters (Colon, Niese, Gee) remain on the team come opening day.
I’m just trying to win ballgames here, but this way I get my cake and eat it too. I don’t have to worry about Harvey reaching the 200 innings limit early on and I get to insert one of the possible future rotation stars of this team (or, at least, showcase a future trade chip).
My plan would be simple:
SP1: Harvey, Montero, Mejia
SP2: Wheeler, Torres, Familia, (Alvarez)
SP3: deGrom, Black, Mejia (Elgin)
SP4: Niese, Black, Familia, (Alvarez)
SP5: Colon, Torres, Mejia (Elgin)
My lefties would be pieces that could be moved from game to game, if needed.
Steve from Norfolk said...
Mack, I had a weird idea this morning while waking up. Suppose the Mets ride with Wilmer this year and he's OK - not great, not terrible, but OK. Then, next winter, Fred blows the dust out of his wallet and goes all in on Ian Desmond. A reasonable possibility?
Mack – Let’s take a closer look at Desmond
A 3rd round draft pick out of high school by the old Montreal Expos
Has been the Washington Nationals shortstop since 2009.
Has a lifetime major league stat line of .270/.317/.431/748
Has hit 69 home runs in the past three seasons
Will play 2015 as a 29 year old.
Was paid $11mil in 2015
Yeah Steve, I love this idea… he generates exactly the kind of numbers a team would want at this position.
The only downside is whether or not the Mets would be willing to give up another draft pick here. He just may wind up in that class of players when the season ends.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated ex-Mets catcher Drew Butera for assignment. Butera was, at best, a defensive specialist throughout his short career. The Mets drafted him fifth in the 2005 draft and was eventually traded along with OF Dustin Martin for 2B Luis Castillo. –
Andy Martino tweeted that Sandy Alderson entered the Winter Meetings with ‘something up his sleeve’. His source was a ‘Mets person’.
Mike Puma said there wasn’t much chance that the Mets would pursue RP David Robertson.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in signing free-agent lefty reliever Craig Breslow.[i] Breslow told me he has received solid interest from teams and noted “things are still developing.” Sources also tell me the Mets appear to be the most likely team to sign Breslow, saying “he wants to come to New York.” The Mets have reportedly made Breslow an offer already
Mack – Maybe the Mets have different stats than what the Red Sox had for this guy last year. 60 appearances, 54.1 innings pitched, a mere 37 strikeouts, a whopping 28 walks and an ERA/WHIP of 5.96/1.86.
His does come off a 61 appearance, 1.81/1.12 year in 2013 and, up to last season, hadn’t had a 4.00+ ERA since 2007. Also, up to the 2014 season, he had a 2.82-ERA over the past six seasons
In his defense, he started 2014 on the DL.
Fastball: 89-92, mid-80s cut-fastball, sinker, 70-75 overhand curveball, changeup, 78-slurve.