NEVER ENOUGH PITCHING by Tom Brennan
At the start of the year, we were ready.
Four studs in Harvey, Matz, Jake, and Thor, the always reliable Colon, Wheeler due back before July, Montero the best 7th starter in baseball.
The pen? Awesome...Familla, Reed, Bastardo, Robles, Edgin on the doorstep, Blevins.
How's it looking now?
The early season, #5, Colon, is now #1.
Thor has been alternately awesome and ordinary, slots in at #2.
Seth Lugo had one good start, so he is #3.
Gsellman, with 3 solid innings, is # 4.
Jake was #1 until two recent starts smelling like #2 slid him to #5
Harvey found out he doesn't love ribs.
Matz learned that if you even dare to almost throw a no hitter, you'll end up with, oh, a sore shoulder and elbow. It's a Mets thing, right, Johan?
Wheeler is afraid to pitch.
Niese came back long enough to get operated on. The best doctors are in NY...and no, Jon, the Mets are not picking up your option.
Montero got destroyed in AAA, but since has 8 excellent AA starts, but remains in Binghamton. Waiting. Wondering.
Familla and Reed have been great. We needed them to be perfect, though.
The rest of the pen has had its ups and downs, and they all feel like a first time marathoner at the 25 mile marker, in terms of fatigue.
You can never have enough pitching. Sewald and Montero are ready to volunteer in a few days. Ynoa likes the major league pay scale and wants to come back, too, and even Jeff Walters said, " hey, I've pitched swell lately, and my ERA is under 6, so can I come up, too? I could use the money."