How can Jeremy Hefner help the 2014 Mets?
Jeremy Hefner was a huge surprise in 2013. He was one of the best pitchers in Baseball coming out of the break, up until he hurt his shoulder in late July and underwent Tommy John Surgery. His injury and Matt Harvey’s closed the book on the 2013 season, but now the Hefner is around 3 weeks away from returning.What can we expect if anything?
I hate when injuries ruin careers, and I fear that with the Mets pitching depth, Hefner might get overlooked, but there is a scenario where he becomes a vital part of the Mets staff. If Colon is traded, I could see Hefner bridging the pitching gap until Noah Syndergaard is ready for his call-up. Then and if Thor gets the call, I would keep Jeremy to create a 6-Man rotation, something we’ve seen the Mets and occasional other teams do in the past. I think a 6 man rotation is formidable because it would increase the depth and would give pitchers more rest to face the opponents, and also a 6 man rotation means pitchers like deGrom, Wheeler, Syndergaard would have to be shut down due to innings limits because of the extra rest, and you would also be able to get pitchers to the end of season, which is a self-accomplishment. If Bartolo sticks around (I’m really against this, the Mets staff would be weakened by a 42 year old Veteran who looks like he is nearing the end of his career) then whenever Jeremy is ready, you start the 6 man rotation, and when Thor is ready in September, you slot Hefner in the bullpen with the occasional spot-start. Of course having too much pitching is a great problem to have, as the Mets have other good starters like Dice-K and Carlos Torres available on-call. Hopefully we will see Hefner in 2 weeks time. It looks like he will make 2-3 more rehab starts before his long awaited call-up back from injury.
Posted by: Niko Goutakolis