The Mets Offseason can be very Contraversial.While they aquired Japaneese pitcher Ryota Igarashi,Kelvim Escobar and Jason Bay(the big names) they failed to get done the most important thing that they needed to acquire.They needed to acquire a starting pitcher.
Now while there wasn't a great selection of pitchers availible for the 2009-2010 offseason there still was John Lackey,Ben Sheets and Rich Harden.While Most of the market were iffs,such as if Rich Harden can stay healthy,If sheets can return to his old form while not blowing his arm it still would have been more practical to acquire one of them especially Lackey whom wasnt a if.
Last season Harden went 9-9 with a 4.09 era in 141 innings pitched which is decent but in 2008 Harden went 10-2 with 2.07 era wile pitching for the Cubs.Lackey last season the most promising pitcher on the market wen 11-8 with a 3.83 era in 176.1 innings pitched.In which wouldve been a perfect fit behing Santana.Sheets didnt pitch at all as he was rehabbing from surgery.Harden and Sheets on the other hand wouldve been a acceptable aquistion,as it wouldve improved the starting rotation.
Anyway during the offseason the Mets did express plenty of "interest" in Lackey.Apparently it was not that much because they did not make an offer to him thewhole offseason.Of course interest means nothing to the mets because having interest means nothing too the Mets,The Mets had interest in almost everyone market.
Although since the Mets didnt acquire a Reliable number 2 Starter we are looking at a rotation like this 2010.Santana-Pelfrey-Maine-Perez-Nieve ok lets break thi down Santana we know is a everyday starter who will give his all each time he is asked too start.His numbers have been phenomanal in 2008 he went 16-7 with a 2.56 era.In 2009 he wasnt as great but he was one of the only reasons the Mets attended games at Citi despite the rash of injuries.
Next we have Mike Pelfrey,Who rebounded in 2008 with a solid second half,and during that time everyone thought pelfrey was finally emerging as a solid top of the rotation starter who could give you a solid performance evrytime.Although in 2009 all fans heard when he pitched was BALK ,BALK.He was eh though as he went 10-12 with 5.02 innings.Maine was out the season with an injury and Perez was tout some of the season but he was terrible when he pitched.Niese was a bright spot
But he fell on the mound and then who knows if he could return to form.So what do the Mets do now? Omar should try to tradfe for Arroyo or Harang.Or my suggestion ask Houston for Oswalt.He had a down season in 09 but except for that he has been a reliable starter.I think he could be a good number 2 behind johan.
Will they compete? I say yes because they are bettrer than the Braves in my opinion and I think if they do compete they will compete for the Wild Card.Unless they aquire some starting pitching they most certainly will not top Philly.