Posted by Thomas Brennan at 12:01 PM
Tom Brennan - REMARKABLE METS PITCHING
The Mets are the pitching-rich organization with 7 killer starters: Thor, deGrom, Matz, Harvey, Wheeler, Lugo and Gsellman. If all are healthy, the best Mets’ starters collectively, ever. Take that, 1986.
The Mets in 2015 also traded away an army of 10 or more pitching prospects (including the great Michael Fulmer) to get Cespedes and other offensive pieces, and also lost Matt Bowman in Rule 5 after 2015.
It is logical to think that, since almost no key pitchers pitched in the first several spring games through Tuesday, that the 2nd tier must be so thinned out after all those deals that the remaining lousy, stinking, 3rd string bums are getting pummeled, right?
Wrong. 100% wrong.
In fact, FOURTEEN GUYS had pitched and not allowed a run, totaling 34 IP.
Lugo, Conlon, Molina, Knapp, Smoker, Reed, Montero, Robles, Roseboom, Rosen, Sewald, Taylor (Corey), Taylor (Logan), and Wilk had combined for 34 IP, just 10 hits allowed, 7 walks, and 24 Ks.
Jeepers. Jumpin' Jiminy. Remarkable.
Of the Mets’ top tier pitchers, only the Mets’ 7th starter, Lugo, had more than an inning, with 5 IP. The only other regulars (Reed and Robles) had just an inning apiece. The other 11 wannabe bums had 27 scoreless innings. Wow, some bums, right?
Rafael Montero, whom everyone has cast into the fans’ dustbin, has 4 perfect innings and 6 Ks. He appears to be back, and perhaps in a normal year, he’d have a real shot at # 5 starter.
Knowing (as Gomer Pyle does) that it is early, early, early, only one word sums all of the above up so far – REMARKABLE.