By Adam Warner
That which drives me nuts; hearing/reading how the Mets better get another starting pitcher, else they will not ever win in October.
It started last summer BEFORE we knew Pedro was going down. Mets withstood that AND El Duque going down AND Trachsel bombing out and came within one inning of the World Series thanks to the remaining starters.
It continues to this day. I heard a pundit I generally like, Jon Heyman (formerly of Newsday, I believe from S.I. now) on Michael Kay's show the other day devoting 30 seconds of a 10 minute segment to the Mets to make the point they need another starter.
Then yesterday Dave Anderson has this nugget in the Times (behind their Fortress Wall online)
In the Mets' success and the Yankees' struggle approaching their annual intramural inspection beginning tomorrow night at Shea, they continue to hold tryout camps for another starting pitcher. Hardly the ideal situation for two teams expected to be competing in October.
WTF? The Mets are 3rd in the league in ERA. He's worried that they have had to use 7 starting pitchers so far this year. Eight now counting Jason Vargas.
Now let's get real here. Not one sentient being expects El Duque to make every single start. The only real issue is the 5th starter. And hard to say Jorge Sosa has disappointed, so there's not even an issue there right now. Yeah, it would be great to get a real ace in his prime later this year. But they're kind of tough to find and expensive to trade for. If the Twins flop out of the race and are willing to trade Johan Santana, sure, that would help. Ditto on the Blue Jays and Roy Halladay. But beyond that, how many guys out there are that much better than what the Mets have now? And are available.
The article spends most of the time on the Yankees, but moves back to the Mets and Pedro towards the end.
Even without Martínez, the Mets appear capable of battling the Braves, their longtime nemesis, for first place in the National League East, but even as the wild card, they would need Martínez at his best in the postseason. His absence last year kept them from getting past the Cardinals in the N.L. Championship Series and possibly winning the World Series.
How well the Mets and the Yankees do will depend on how well Roger Clemens and Pedro Martínez fill those empty lockers.
Is it a requirement to actually watch a game to cover a team? Again, the Mets were 1 inning away from the World Series. And it was THEIR BATS that were more problematic. It would awesome to get Pedro back and in form. But that's just gravy right now. Does anyone get the sense the Mets are sitting there crossing their fingers that it happens, and just *knowing* they have no shot without him? Give me a break.