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April 18, 2017

No panic in Flushing

by @ 2:23 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets lost 3 of 4 this week in Miami but I am not at all concerned. You ever hear the saying its ok to lose the battle not the war? Thats where the Mets are. Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson are faced with this issue: they have 4 high quality starting pitchers coming back from surgery in  Matt Harvey, Jacob de Grom, Steven Matz(On DL now)  and Zack Wheeler. The staff ace Noah Syndergaard pitched a career high in innings last season and battled bone spurs. A 6th young arm in Seth Lugo is battling a potentially season ending elbow injury. The team is trying to manage these arms and maintain a good record. That is hard to do on a daily basis and Collins faces constant 2nd guessing and dilemmas nightly on when and where to pull starters.  This is about getting these arms to the finish line.

Adding to issues with pitch counts of the starters is the over use of the bullpen in particular the high end guys. Addison Reed, Fernando Salas, Hansel  Robles and Jerry Blevins are in games almost nightly. This will change when closer Jeurys Familia returns later this week and allows Terry to mix and match more. And as the season nears the end of month one, starters can pitch  more, the hitters will pick it up and start to produce like their baseball card says they should. The Mets play a lot of close games and this taxes the entire pitching staff. The Mets are homer reliant and when the weather warms up, the hope is so will those bats. #LGM

 

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