I LOVE OUR STARTERS, BUT...by Tom Brennan
Met fan since 1962, which likely means I tend to over-focus on the value of our players and prospects, or I might have ditched being a Mets fan through some of the lean years (like the 1979-81 seasons, when they averaged a putrid 64 homers per year).
As a fan, I love our guys, fragile though they may be (deGrom surgery, Harvey surgery, Mats surgery, Wheeler surgery, Wright, Duda, Walker back-to-back-to-back, you get the point).
But sometimes honesty sneaks in, and when you're looking at the best starter on the planet, you need to look past our quality injured elite arms and pay homage to:
CLAYTON KERSHAWHow can one not admire, in this age of capped pitch counts and innings restrictions, an elite guy who can start a playoff game on October 7th, start again 4 days later, then come back on one day's rest to save a clinching game on the 13th, and come back just 3 days later to toss a 7 inning scoreless gem in a 1-0 win?
A guy who hurt his back this year, but still managed to go 12-4, 1.69 with 172 K's and just 11 walks in 149 innings? How sick is that 16:1 strikeout to walk ratio?
A guy who is 126-60 in his career with nearly 2000 strikeouts at age 28? The Sandy Koufax of our ERA.
Heck, he even got the unstoppable Daniel Murphy (remember him?) to pop up in the 9th inning of that clinching game against the Nats. Which makes him better than Koufax, in my estimation LOL!
WRITER ALERT: Folks, I probably will write sporadically during this off-season, so I'll "see you" when I see you. In the meantime, you have something you'd like to write about, contact Macks Mets and let us know.
Four months until pitchers and catchers. Keep Cespedes.