MMO Fair or Foul: Mets Have A Huge Problem With Positional Depth
John Harper of the Daily News, emphasizes just how precarious the Mets situation is this season regarding injuries to any of their significant players.
If ever there is a season when any significant injuries could be deadly, it’s this one. How can it be any other way when the Mets’ best left-handed bat off the bench may well be Adam Loewen, a converted pitcher with 39 major-league plate appearances, and their sixth starting pitcher apparently will be 41-year-old Miguel Batista? In an era when depth is seemingly more crucial to a team’s success than ever, as players pushing their bodies to the limit break down all too often, the Mets have never been so vulnerable. Depth? You want depth? The Mets are practically the Kardashians of baseball, they have such little depth.
In an era when depth is seemingly more crucial to a team’s success than ever, as players pushing their bodies to the limit break down all too often, the Mets have never been so vulnerable.
The Mets apparent lack of depth beyond the regular lineup and rotation arms is alarming to say the least. I still wonder why there was such a big focus on the bullpen this offseason with such little regard for the rotation or any attention paid to the starting lineup that lost all star shortstop Jose Reyes.
If anyone had asked me in September what the Mets game plan was for the offseason, I would have said the following in this order:
1. Add a #2 or #3 type starting pitcher to rotation
2. Upgrade the starting catcher
3. Improve the bullpen
No.’s 1 and 2 were virtually ignored and I’m still scratching my head wondering what use a good bullpen is if you did nothing to improve in the other critical areas.
Still, I like the makeup of the team. I like our number two though six spots in the lineup. Not sold on Torres as a leadoff hitter yet, and we have three easy outs at 7,8,9 in the lineup. One of Thole, Tejada or Torres is going to have to step up and have an impact-type season. Take your pick.
The pitching scares me. Too many question marks. Will Johan come back and be an elite pitcher? Which Dillon Gee will show up? Will Pelfrey ever be anything more than an innings eater? What’s Niese’s ceiling, have we already seen his best?
But one thing is certain and Harper hits the nail on the head, the depth is sorely lacking.
What if Ruben Tejada got hurt and was out for the season… Ronny Cedeno? What if Lucas Duda gets hurt… Scott Hairston? Or R. A. Dickey… Chris Schwinden?
Our positional depth chart is pretty scary to look at.
Stay healthy guys….
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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