With ace Johan Santana out until at least the All-Star break with shoulder surgery, the New York Mets are desperately in need of starting pitching.
As it stands now, the Mets' rotation consists of Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese.
Pelfrey was excellent for the first half of last season but struggled down the stretch. Dickey was one of the few bright spots in another mediocre year for the Mets. Niese looked solid at times but is still young and still maturing.
After those three guys, the Mets have two question marks. With very little money to spend, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has turned his attention to the bargain bin, mainly starters with recent injury history or coming off injuries.
Everyone is waiting for the Mets to make a move for some starting pitching, but supply is limited. Let's take a look at some possible options for the Mets' starting rotation in 2011.