Ever since I started on my Roy Halladay soap box, I've got Mets fans telling me that I'm ignoring the real issue; the lack of hitting. I've got Phillies fans mocking me—thinking that Halladay will make us a contender—and I've got my wife telling me that Roy Halladay is my new girlfriend.
Well you're all correct—sort of.
You can't think of adding Halladay as a short-term fix to the Mets woes this season. Without a doubt, our offense is atrocious. We lack any sense of a clutch situation. We hit into more double plays than Julio Franco did. We need to fix our offense.
But honestly, there's not much that can done to fix it until some of the Mets' best offensive players are off the deal, and until New York gets to the off-season and unloads some contracts.
Oh and by the way, if you think offense is the Mets' only issue, did you happen to see Livan Hernandez pitch last night? What about his previous start? How about the one before that?
Have you seen Oliver Perez at any point this season? How was Tim Redding last night? Or the two starts before that?
Catch my drift?
Getting Roy Halladay is not a short term fix. If the Mets traded for him this season, I believe we'd still fall short of the playoffs. He's not a fix for this season.
Unless there is a witch who can heal muscles, bones, and slumping bats, there is no fix for this season.
When the Mets have healthy players and maturing youngsters, Halladay could help the team get to that next level. The Mets absolutely have to upgrade their offense, but it probably won't be done until the off-season when they'll have Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner off the books. At that point, they can address their needs at first base and in the outfield.
But for the first time in a long time, the Mets won't have to worry about pitching as much as they have in the past. With Halladay and Johan Santana, the Mets' starting rotation would consist of the two most dominant pitchers in the NL. Backing up the starting pitchers would be a solid bullpen with KRod and J.J. Putz still around.
If you don't get Halladay, you still need a starting pitcher this off-season.
That is unless you feel that the Maine/Perez/Pelfrey/Livan rotation you want.
Acquiring Halladay drastically improves the Mets rotation, prevents the Phillies from acquiring a dominant ace, and allows the team to shift their off-season focus on improving the offense.
Forget about the 2009 season. No moves made this year will send the team to the playoffs. The Mets need their injured players to return and for their existing players to become more consistent.
Halladay will not solve our 2009 problems, but he will absolutely help the Mets in the years to come if they can sign him to a multi-year deal.