Don’t get your undies all in a twist. I haven’t gone off my rocker. I realize it is early June and the Mets are far from playoff contention. Just thought it would be fun to assess the starting rotation on this lovely off day.
So here’s how I would set up the rotation if the playoffs started today and the Mets were in it. A guy can dream can’t he?
1. Dillon Gee
You’re probably sick of me singing Gee’s praises lately but I don’t care. I have been on the Gee band wagon from the beginning and I’m going to keep riding it until I get thrown off. Or he puts together a string of incredibly horrific starts.
The reason I have him at the top is that he appears to have the best mental game of all of the Mets starters right now. Nothing seems to phase the guy.
He has yet to throw a game in which the Mets haven’t had a chance to win (knock on wood).
I enjoy the fact that he has the ability to have great command of all four of his pitches. This makes him better suited to make a number of different adjustments in the event one or two of his pitches aren’t working. It also prevents the opposing offense from keying in on a single pitch during an at bat.
2. R.A. Dickey
A few weeks ago, R.A. would have found himself lower on the depth chart. However, it appears as if he has found his knuckle ball just in the nick of time. Strangely enough this seems to have coincided with the fact that the weather has finally moved away from antarctic conditions.
Also, how bad ass is it that he is doing this all on one foot?
3. Jon Niese
Young Mr. Niese is a very close third in my book. I really wouldn’t have a problem with him in the two hole, but I had to make a decision so I went with Dickey.
One might also argue to bump him to the two spot to split up the righties but I am not one that buys into that philosophy. Go with the guy you believe in more regardless of which wing he uses. That’s my motto.
Niese really has been the most consistent starter this entire season (taking into account that Gee did start this year in Buffalo).
4. Chris Capuano
This was the hardest decision for me in terms of setting up this rotation. By placing Cap in the four hole, this means I am bumping fellow Midwestropolitan, Mike Pelfrey, out of the playoff rotation.
However, Cap has earned it by throwing seven quality performances in his ten starts. And yes, I am counting his last start in that mix even though his line shows that he gave up five earned runs.
Odd Man Out: Mike Pelfrey
As I have stated in the past, I’m a straight shooter. There is no Midwest Bias when it comes to this author.
Big Pelf finds himself in the bullpen for the playoff rotation because I just can’t count on him to be consistent. When he’s off, he’s really off. Teams seem to crush him when he doesn’t have his best stuff and that just can’t be tolerated in the playoffs.
He really should be 3-6 right now, but the offense has been able to erase two seven run deficits this year to get him off the hook.
The good thing is Big Pelf has some time to climb the ladder if he can put together a nice string of quality starts together.
Tags: A guy can dream.