The New York Mets have played one game this season and our
pets pitcher’s arms are already falling off. Seth Lugo gets diagnosed with a new injury every other hour. Steven Matz has a strained flexor tendon which probably means he’ll be getting his arm amputated soon. Noah Syndergaard is throwing so hard that the heat is giving his fingers blisters. With 161 games left to play, Mets GM Sandy Alderson had to address the current state of the union this afternoon.
I’m not concerned, though. Remember the last time that the Mets “sniffed around?”
Unless Matz or Lugo is actually hurt for a long time, I don’t see the Mets trading for a quality starting pitcher. Despite having half a dozen skilled outfielders on the team, the Mets should keep their talent in house and instead dive into the free agency pool to see if anybody was left behind this offseason.
Option #1 – Mike Pelfrey
One day when my grandkids ask me to tell them a scary story, I’m going to tell them about having to endure pitching performances from Mike Pelfrey, Aaron Heilman, and Braden Looper. Pelfrey had short spurts of decency, but had an ERA over 4.50 in 4 out of his 7 years with the club. However, he’s a veteran arm that could eat up some innings and is familiar with New York.
Just kidding, he’s gone.
Option #2 – Colby Lewis
Colby Lewis was with the Texas Rangers for the past 6 seasons and was having his best season last year before going down with a lat injury (Jacob deGrom used to have the same injury). He was 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 19 starts. His stats won’t jump off the page at you, but keep in mind that the Mets are essentially looking for somebody to fill the old Bartolo Colon role. Colon was a unique pitcher in size and personality, but he averaged about a 4.00 ERA over three seasons and didn’t strike out too many people. Lewis could put up identical stats to Colon, which is all you could ask for if you’re the Mets front office.
Option #3 – Doug Fister
Along with having a great last name, Fister isn’t half bad out there on the bump. His past two seasons weren’t great, as he posted ERAs over 4.00, but he is only 3 years removed from a 16-6, 2.41 ERA in only 25 starts for the Washington Nationals. He also has valuable playoff experience and has excelled there, which could help the Mets and their young staff down the line. He’s dealt with some injuries, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets gave him a call.
Option #4 – C.J. Wilson
C.J. Wilson is an interesting case. He missed all of 2016 with elbow and shoulder injuries and complications with his rehab. In 6 of his previous 7 seasons, he posted an ERA under 4.00, with two seasons going under 3.00. On top of that, he’s a left-hander, which the Mets do not have until Steven Matz’s return. In theory, an opposing team could stack up their lineup with left handed hitters to try to create mismatches at the plate, and Wilson’s presence in the rotation could eliminate that at least once every five games. He’s also a big of a jokester. He could fill the void left by Bartolo Colon and Juan Uribe; the joyful veteran that keeps the locker room loose during tough times.
Here he is throwing an 80 MPH knuckleball out of nowhere:
Question Mark – Tim Lincecum
The former 2 time Cy Young Award winner nicknamed “The Freak” made an attempt to revitalize his career last season. It didn’t go so well. He went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA.
At his peak, Lincecum was the best pitcher out of everyone in the league, let alone on this list. However, at his worst, he looked terrible. He’s the biggest boom or bust free agent pitcher out there. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets kick his tires and see if he has anything left in the tank.
Side Note: Never forget when San Francisco won the NLDS and Tim Lincecum said on national television that now he knows what a chick feels like after being showered with champagne.