Mets General Manger Sandy Alderson now seems like a genius after refusing to trade his young pitchers in the offseason. Despite Zack Wheeler’s plan to undergo Tommy John’s Surgery, the Mets rotation is still intact as its farm system is flooded with young arms.
And if anything, Tommy John’s Surgery seems almost to be a rite of passage as Bobby Parnell is currently recovering and Jacob deGrom, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, underwent the same surgery five years ago. And we all know about Harvey’s missed season.
Without Wheeler, former starter Dillon Gee, appears to be the man best suited to start on the mound. Back in 2013, Gee went a respectable 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA. If he’s your fourth or fifth starter, you’re in good shape. That goes for any team.
"Did I think I was good enough to be a starter? Absolutely I do,” Gee told reporters this week. “But when you have these five guys that are here, it's tough to argue with the decision. It's a good problem to have when we had it, and unfortunately we're in this situation now.”
Gee was slated to begin the season in the bullpen, but he now has to alter his entire training regime to get back into starting pitching shape. Alderson has intimated that the organization plans on carefully evaluating Rafael Montero to see if he’s fit to fill the fifth rotation spot.
Before Wheeler’s injury, the Mets were slated to have an optimal 1-2-3 punch with the return of superstar ace, Matt Harvey followed by rising stars deGrom and of course, Wheeler. Besides the starters, the Mets have even more depth in hopeful future stars, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Montero. Don’t be surprised if Syndergaard or Matz make their way into the rotation by mid-season, especially in the case of any impending injuries.
Like last year, the Mets pitching won’t be their problem. Once again, it will come down to how many runs they score.
Alderson’s prediction for the Mets to win 90 games didn't exactly pan out a season ago, but with promising arms on the big league staff and more heading down the pipeline, 2015 could be the year where the Mets finally turn the corner and contend for a playoff spot.