DYNAMIC YOUNG PITCHING TRIO by Tom Brennan
Watching the Mets lately is like stumbling on a grisly crime scene where you can't believe what you just saw and you avert your gaze as quickly as possible. And glad you have a good grief counselor on speed dial, because good grief, people, it ain't been pretty in Queens.
The return of Cespedes, Reyes and Cabrera could dramatically change things, but will it be in time? Not hopeful right now. (But then again, I wasn't hopeful in late July of 2015, either).
So with gaze averted from all the grizzliness, I look to one of my favorite places, the Mets Minors, for solace and comfort, and see something delightful:
A Dynamic Young Pitching Trio: Tom Szapucki, Harol Gonzalez, and Justin Dunn.
Let's spare the details here and look at what they've done this year (mostly in Brooklyn, with a smidgeon of Kingsport thrown in):
128 innings pitched, 169 Ks, 77 hits, 38 walks, 16 earned runs, and a Bob Gibson-circa-1968 ERA of 1.12.
Of the 3, only Gonzalez has reached the age of 21. The least pedigreed of those 3, he has been on fire, with only 2 runs allowed over his last six dominant starts spanning 41 innings.
Have you forgotten the grisly crime scene and started to grin yet? They're giving me Queens Mets Amnesia. Those 3 guys make me grin. A lot.
On an unrelated but equally happy note, in Tyler Bashlor's last 2 relief outings, he recorded 10 outs. Nine were by strikeout. How's that for notable?
His is a feel-good story as, after pitching just 16 innings in 2013, he missed the next two seasons due to arm woes. While he has remained in Class A Columbia all year, it's been a fine return-from-hell year for Bashlor: 31 games, 3-1, 2.47, 62 K in 47 IP. Let's hope this is just the start of his feel-good story.
Have a great weekend, fellow sufferers.