With the season now more than 1/3 over and the team surprisingly clinging to a slim lead atop the NL East, many are wondering what Sandy Alderson is doing to earn his bloated paycheck from the Wilpons? It seems anyone who pays even passing notice of the Mets understands that the team has a surplus of pitching and cannot score runs. Trading one for the other would seem to make logical sense…but who out there is in need of pitching?
A quick look around the leagues shows several teams that have one or more starters that are doing more harm than good. Using an arbitrary 5.00 ERA as a metric, let’s see who Sandy could call and offer up the remaining months of Bartolo Colon, the final months of Dillon Gee, the longer term security of Jon Niese or one of the younger pitchers who do not figure prominently into the future plans (such as Rafael Montero once healthy).
- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (or whatever they are calling themselves this week) have Matt Shoemaker getting the ball every five days in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.
- The Diamondbacks trot out Josh Collmenter and Rubby De La Rosa to sacrifice two games every five days.
- The Dodgers are missing Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Brandon League yet still clinging to 1st place. They have uber-prospect Corey Seager who could play SS or 3B ready for post-Super Two deadline promotion and a glut of infielders including Jimmy Rollins, Justin Turner and Alex Guerrero.
- The Indians are desperate enough to hand the ball to Shaun Marcum on a regular basis
- The Mariners’ highly regarded Taijuan Walker is struggling big time this year and at 8 games back in June they could still realistically make a move up in the standings with another starting option.
- Despite being in the same division, the Marlins are struggling mightily and have been without Jose Fernandez and Mat Latos, instead entrusting starts to the likes of Brad Hand, David Phelps and Jose Urena.
- This one would take guts, but the Nationals are missing 40% of their solid gold rotation with Doug Fister and Stephen Strasburg on the shelf. Instead they’re hurling A.J. Cole and Taylor Jordan. What would they give for a Bartolo Colon?
- The Orioles are within striking distance at 5.5 GB, but are getting killed by the duo of Chris Tillman and Bud Norris.
- The Phillies are so far back into a rebuild phase that the whole in-division thing may not matter. Jerome Williams and Sean O’Sullivan are not helping them at all.
- The Pirates are in for a dogfight with the Cardinals and Cubs, yet Jeff Locke is getting 20% of their starts.
- The Rays have been particularly bitten by the injury bug to the starting rotation with Drew Smyly, Alex Cobb and Matt Moore all on the 60-day DL. Now Jake Odorizzi is out for an indeterminate time due to a muscle strain. Even Dillon Gee would be an upgrade to Erasmo Ramirez in the rotation.
- The BoSox have been a big disappointment this year but still only 5.5 GB. Joe Kelly isn’t helping matters, though, and they could use another starter.
- Coors Field has become even more of a pitching hell than usual for top two starters Jorge De La Rosa and Kyle Kendrick. The Rockies seemingly always need pitching.
- The first place Kansas City Royals seem to have reached the end of the line for Jeremy Guthrie. In addition, they’re entrusting starts to the talented but frequently injured big man, Chris Young.
- Detroit is not getting what they’d hoped from Anibel Sanchez and are also helping the competition every time Shane Greene takes the mound.
- The White Sox have not gotten much out of John Danks for many years and in 2015 it’s worse than usual.
- Finally, the crosstown rival Yankees have two fragile but talented pitchers in Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, followed by a formerly successful big man, CC Sabathia, who I’m sure they would gladly replace with the Mets’ big man, Bartolo Colon.