Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
The Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard victories this week are reminding me of what this team went through in 1969 with Tom Seaver (24-years old 25-7, 2.21), Jerry Koosman (25-years old, 17-9, 2.28), Gary Gentry (22-years old, 13-12, 3.42), Don Cardwell (33-years old, 8-10, 3.02), and Jim McAndrew (25-years-old, 6-7, 3.47.
Check the ages out. Now, check the ERAs. Amazing.
And let’s not forget Tug McGraw, 24-years old, 9-3, 2.25, 12-saves.
DeGrom and Syndergaard game up one run in the 16 innings they pitched.
Not a ton of all-star bats on this team either, but Tommy Agee did hit 26/76. Fellow outfielder Cleon Jones added 12/75, and Art Shamky stat’d 14/47, but the largest slugging percentage was .488 (Shamsky), who also led with an 863 OPS.
This was an elite pitcher team with young arms and an occasional timely long ball. Sound familiar?
On paper, there really isn’t much difference in Agee/Jones/ Shamsky to Granderson/Cuddyer/Duda. They could pull this off with this pitching staff, especially if Steven Matz gets on the soul train. What we need now is to light a fire under Cuddter and Duda and add Daniel Murphy to the mix.
Trust me folks, if these three studs, and Harvey, pitch this well into September and Niese and Colon don’t, you will once again see the loss of the third 6-man rotation.
The Friday 3:30pm press conference by Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins was pretty much a non-issue. It was used to announce the worst kept secret about the promotion of Steven Matz to the parent team.
It was also thrown to announce that the team was back to the on-again, off-again six man rotation.
Keep an eye on the Marlins this week, now that Giancarlo Stanton is out with a broken hand. This could easily be the final straw to make the decision to become a seller. We all know how nuts this owner is and this could be a chance to get our hands on either Martin Prado or Christian Yelich.