Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Klapisch Discusses Back-End of Mets Rotation @ESPN.com

In his column today on ESPN.com, Bob Klapisch discusses GM Omar Minaya's options for bolstering the starting rotation (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=klapisch_bob&id=2445920). One of the more interesting solutions he suggests could happen, if the Mets cannot acquire another quality starter and decide not to promote Mike Pelfrey, is to move Aaron Heilman into the rotation and acquire another reliever. Also of note in the article is the following quote:

"The Mets are built to shut you down after the sixth inning. The last thing they need is more confidence."
Braves pitcher John Smoltz
Of course, this was said prior to Zambrano's season (career?) ending injury.

Also of major note from the article: "The Mets have internally decided that Pelfrey's next jump will be directly to Shea, bypassing Triple-A Norfolk." Interesting, as it looks like, if Pelfrey can keep working on his off-speed stuff and his mound composure, as well as his stamina, he could be up sooner than later if we indeed cannot make any additions to the starting staff. There's been so much speculation on the internet, on talk radio, etc., that it's hard to decipher what is real versus what is hopeful speculation. This is the first time I have seen, in writing, the plan for Pelfrey to go directly from AA to the majors. If it happens, and it is not at the cost of Pelfrey's development, I'm all for it; however, we all want to see Pelfrey around Queens for a long, long time, and have to be careful not to rush him just because of our needs at the major league level.

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