You are the office manager of a popular Queens-based business. One fine day, four resumes show up on your desk. You can only hire two to full time positions. The other 2? Part time, or a delayed job start date.
The 4 are Seth Lugo, Rob Gsellman, Zach Wheeler and Matt Harvey. Who do you hire?
Lugo? A brilliant 5-2 down the 2016 stretch and 2 strong starts for Puerto Rico in the pressure-packed WBC this spring after pitching well in spring games prior to the WBC. BEST CURVE BALL SPIN RATE ON THE PLANET. Can he start effectively for the Mets? Darned right.
The Giz? A brilliant 4-2 down the 2016 stretch, and throwing really well this spring and stretching out his innings very nicely. Can he start effectively for the Mets? Darned Right.
Zach? Two years doing hard time, but looking good so far in very limited duty, hitting 97. But is he back to being the Wheel Deal? Ready to start in the real season in 2 weeks? Maybe, but likely 5 innings max. And that 125 inning season cap is TINY. Don't spend it all in one place
Harv? Velocity much more human in 2017 so far after thoracic outlet surgery. 92-93, with shaky results. Shaky results pre-surgery in 2016, too. Once considered perhaps baseball's elite starter before TJS and TOS arm woes.
Will the dapper Harv be ready to start in 2 weeks when the season opens? I tend to doubt it, but maybe he finds another 3 MPH and shows the old Dark Knight is back.
Assuming no setbacks with Wheeler over the next two weeks, I start Gsellman at # 4, Wheeler at # 5, and Lugo finishes off Wheeler's many short starts. Harv? Well, he goes to Extended Spring training, to ramp up the velocity and command, and see where he fits in, after the season is 2-4 weeks old.
But I'm sorry, I have to leave now...the real hiring manager just showed up for work. Now, before Security shows up, where is that fire exit, exactly?