For every action there is a reaction. If Mike Pelfrey fails to deliver a solid performance, the reaction by Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya will be quick and far-reaching.
After bringing perhaps baseball’s best pitcher in Johan Santana this off-season, things have gotten sour in a hurry in what was portrayed as a formidable starting rotation. Pedro Martinez was lost only 3 1/3 innings into the season, and Orlando Hernandez has yet to throw his first pitch.
And while metsblog.com suggests a Rich Harden to the Mets rumor, such speculation is hard to substantiate given the depleted crop of prospects in the Mets minor leagues, especially when you consider that Fernando Martinez is untouchable. Who the heck wants Harden anyway? He has had more stints on the DL than Pedro and El Duque combined.
Unfortunately, Omar will have to set his sights much lower and look for an available back end of the rotation starter. It’s really not a bad idea. Even if we just upgrade Pelfrey or Nelson Figueroa, it’s still a viable upgrade. With Johan, Maine and Perez in tow, the Mets do not need a big name pitcher to win the division. Just someone who can keep the team in games and work into the 7th and 8th innings.
That being said, it will still be a daunting task for Minaya.