New York Mets Pitching Rotation: Chris Young on Disabled List

Josh BurtonContributor IIIMay 12, 2011

The New York Mets were dealt some bad news before Tuesday's win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field, when they learned starting pitcher Chris Young was put on the DL, yet again.

It seems like the Mets just can't get anything to go their way now, especially with the lackluster play on the field and extreme financial woes pertaining to Mets' owners Jeff and Fred Wilpon's involvement in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

The Mets have also been facing extreme depletion in their pitching rotation with ace Johan Santana out until the All-Star break in June and stud young starter/reliever Jenrry Mejia having Tommy John surgery and being out this whole season. Now Young, a free agent signed by the Mets this past off season, is out at least a month and it may even be more. He has had an extensive injury history that is surfacing once again in the 2011 season.

The only guys left in the organization left to fill these open spots are in the minor league levels. Two viable options in the upper two tiers of the Mets organization are Chris Schwinden at Triple-A Buffalo and Brad Holt at Double-A Binghamton.

Schwinden is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in five starts this year for the Bisons. Schwinden is attractive to the Mets because in 27 innings pitched this year, he has only surrendered 18 hits—meaning he has given up a lot less than one hit per inning pitched this year. This could help the Mets greatly because their pitchers have given up the eighth most hits as a staff in the MLB this season.

Brad Holt was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft and has been dominating the Eastern League; he really could be used by the Mets rotation.

Holt is 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA this year in six starts. The Mets have been waiting for Holt to break out for a couple of seasons now; he has answered their call with the 10th best ERA in the Eastern League. He has shown that he can help the Mets' pitching staff right now. I would not be surprised if Holt was pitching for the Mets by July 1st because I feel that he has the tools right now to skip Triple-A and make the jump straight to MLB.

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