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The Mets starting rotation has been absolutely awful over the first two weeks of the season: Mike Pelfrey is fighting several minor injuries; Ollie, well, Ollie is Ollie, enough said; John Maine still looks tentative and Livan Hernandez finally looked like Livan Hernandez, today....
Of course I'm leaving out staff Ace and Cy Young Award winning pitcher Johan Santana, but he deserves to be separated from the rest. Unfortunately, Santana can only pitch every fifth day and still has to worry about the offense scoring enough runs and the defense not making costly errors, otherwise he's an automatic win...
The Mets first line of defense was Nelson Figueroa, who after pitching better then Maine and Ollie was designated for assignment, which he subsequently refused and is now gone.
Next up was Casey Fossum, but they decided to designate Figgy to make room Fossum as a LOOGY, despite saying all spring they didn't need a second lefty and Fossum pitching exceptionally well as a starter in Buffalo.
So for now it looks like the Mets best option is rookie lefty Jon Niese, who was hit pretty hard at the end of spring when the major league bats were coming into form and now he has an ERA over six in AAA.
Behind him are Dillion Gee and Brandon Knight, neither of which inspire confidence, for Gee, not yet anyway...
So where are those re-trends we signed, as depth, because it looks like we might need them. I'm not sure what they can provide or whether it will be any better then what we have, but both Freddy Garcia and Tim Redding are making their way back. Garcia pitched his first AAA game and allowed three runs in six innings. Redding is pitching in extended spring training and is looking at a return in mid May.
Major League veteran Freddy Garcia allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in his Bisons' debut Wednesday source MiLB
Tim Redding, on the DL with a right rotator cuff strain, pitched in an extended spring training game Monday. He’s scheduled to pitch in another game at that level this weekend. source Daily News