March 18th, 2015
1. Calling all Lefties
Remember when people were criticizing Sandy Alderson for not signing a lefty in the Winter? I do. And they are back. With the Mets not signing a left handed relief pitcher, the Mets have no left handed depth in their bullpen. The four possible candidates have not been good at all this Spirng. Here are their names and their respective ERA’s: Sean Gilmartin (10.38), Dario Alvarez (10.80), Jake Leathersich (12.27) and Scott Rice (12.27). Your not reading the numbers wrong. None of the four candidates have an ERA under 10. For those who are wondering, Buddy Carlyle has had the best Spring. Pitching to a 0.00 ERA, and while it’s only 5 exhibition games, it’s nice to see an older veteran (who helped the Mets out in 2014) pitch with promise. I believe Gilmartin will go through, only because he was picked in the Rule 5 draft, which states that if the player is not on the Active MLB 25 Man Roster the whole season, he will be offered back to his original club, in this case, the Twins. None of the other players face this risk, so it makes sense to try out Gilmartin.
2. Gee or no Gee
This is so easy to me it’s hard to even call it a question mark. Gee has had a good Spring Training, and he is the only candidate with veteran experience for the fifth starter. Why even experiment on Montero? Montero hasn’t shown any control all Spring, pitching to a 13.50 ERA (albeit 2 games). In the past Montero has shown control issues, lack of stamina and lack of poise. Gee has thrived at one time or another in all three categories. The obvious answer is Gee.
Spring Training is rapidly ending, we have two weeks left, and two major issues to fix. If he Mets can figure out the answers to these two problems (and all sings say they will) then we should have a fun season. Lets Go Mets!
Like we discussed in an post earlier in the week, the Mets were very worried with Zack Wheeler, and our fears have been realized. Zack Wheeler will undergo Tommy John Surgery, pending a second opinion, sometime this month. Wheeler was struggling with his control and his velocity, like Josh Edgin, this Spring. Wheeler was going to slot in as the Mets #3 pitcher. He is expect to miss 12-17 months with a full tear of his UCL.
Thoughts from Niko Goutakolis:
As much as I don’t want to say this, the Mets could, potentially, be better off without Wheeler. Gee is somewhat of a better pitcher, as he is more deliberate with his pitches and has more experience. I’d say Wheeler and Gee’s talent level are equal right now, but Wheeler has more potential moving forward, which is why I didn’t want to see Wheeler go down. There is no doubt in my mind that Gee is the correct replacement, however.
It almost feels like Spring Training is moving along way too fast. The Mets have so many question marks as we move to the starting line. Vic Black was one of those question marks, but it seems like he is good to go. Black threw off flat ground yesterday, and he should be in game action by the weekend, if not sooner. That leaves two weeks before the Opener, which is a lot of time for a relief pitcher or a position player. A starter typically needs three weeks, or four starts. Black will be a vital piece of the Mets young pitching. Along with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia, Black is one of three young cornerstone relievers that will provide a lot of depth in the Mets bullpen.