Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thoughts on The Starting pitching Market for The Mets
Clearly with Johan Santana down for at least the first few months the Mets need starting pitching help. They have limited payroll flexibility due to Omar Minaya tying up crazy money into terrible players. Chris Young has been one of the guys the Mets have interest in. Young has seen his velocity go down and walk rates go up for years now. The guy is a extreme fly ball pitcher who's numbers on the road got worse and worse as the years went on. He came back throwing his fastball 84 mph in September. He is a high rent version of Maine at this time. Maine had one and a half very good years. Young had three excellent years in a row ('05-07), he has barely taken the mound since '08. Francis was pretty solid pitcher for a few years before getting hurt a few years ago. He came back last year and put up a good strikeout to walk ratio especially in the second half. He is another fly ball pitcher that can be helped by Citi. I think Gorzelanny would be a fine pickup. He misses enough bats and had a solid enough year for The Cubs. Fangraphs has a good writeup on how he's figured it out. He is still young and won't cost much in prospects or money. Garza is a talented pitcher with declining K rate who is prone to meltdowns at times(his nickname by Rays fans and media), is Meltdown Matt. He will also cost you a Mejia or Flores and is not worth it. If it's only one guy I would likely take Francis because he's less of an injury risk than Young and will not cost prospects like Garza and is likely better than Gorzelanny. No thanks to Garcia.
Posted by don kelly at 1:55 PM