Mets Matters: Should Chris Young Be Brought Back?

Chris Young took the loss today, but worked into the seventh inning, and in doing so passed 100 innings for the season and received a $150,000 bonus.

More importantly, he’s probably showed enough to warrant a contract for 2013, if not from the Mets, then somebody else.

“It means I’m healthy,’’ said Young. “I think I’ve pitched pretty well, better than my record probably indicates. But, there’s a lot of room for improvement.’’

There is, because although Young had his moments when he worked deep into games like today, there were others when he was rocked. Still, he started 18 games, his most since 2008.

Veteran arms are important, so we shouldn’t write off Young returning even though he’s not included in next year’s rotation. Although the Mets have ideas as to how their rotation will look, there are significant questions that make Young’s presence desirable.

Both Johan Santana and Dillon Gee are coming off injuries so there will be caution with them. You have to like Matt Harvey’s future, but it is premature to label him an ace right now.

Something will happen next year, you know it, so having depth is essential. If not Young, then the Mets will shop in the bargain aisle for veteran pitching depth. The advantage of bringing back Young is the Mets’ familiarity with him.

More Mets Matters:

* Terry Collins said Jeremy Hefner would likely get the start Wednesday against the Phillies. A couple of weeks ago this series meant nothing but the Phillies, like the Brewers, have become wild card contenders.

* David Wright now has 1,411 hits, seven shy of Ed Kranepool, the franchise’s career hit leader. Yes, statistics is what it has come down to for the Mets this season. I’d also like to see Wright finish with at least 90 RBI. He has 81. Another milestone would be Ike Davis hitting 30 homers, joining Eddie Murray, Carlos Delgado and David Kingman as Mets first basemen with 30 homer seasons.

* After Jenrry Mejia was shelled Saturday, pitching coach Dan Warthen said he views him as a reliever, claiming he didn’t believe he would be able to throw 200 innings year after year. I wonder how Warthen can make that assessment when the organization keeps bouncing Mejia around from being a starter to the bullpen.

* The opportunities are getting winding down for R.A. Dickey’s bid to win 20 games. He’s scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Phillies and maybe two more after that. He’s stuck on 18 victories.

4 thoughts on “Mets Matters: Should Chris Young Be Brought Back?

  1. Yes. I think he has been generally effective. He is not a great pitcher, but he was plugged in and gave us innings. As you point out every year we have our share of innings. We should keep him as insurance. We have a lot of young arms coming up, but if you want to build a team you can not schedule these guys to give you X production.

  2. Possible starters for next year include: Dickey, santana, Niese, Harvey and Gee as the probable starting 5. Then theres Wheeler, Mejia with other assorted AAA wannabes. Familia will probably end up in the pen. Pelfry could be back. I dont see room for Young here.

    • Mejia is not ready. He can’t deal with AAA he can’t deal with the big boys.
      Familia also is reported to have control issues. Wheeler is not supposed to get a shot till mid season.

      Gee is coming off surgery, Johan had to be shut down, Harvey might have sophomore issues, Pelfrey might be back or might not. I think Young fits a need. We had 5 starters to start and 2 went down. After starting 5 what do we have that is ready? This is NY and the fans and the press will demand something.

      We won’t be a championship club, but we should be able to make a run for the post season if things break right.

    • sadecki33: The five you mentioned is the probable rotation, but as it happens every year there’s always something that happens. And, we don’t know what will happen with Wheeler, Mejia and Familia. All are unproven questions. … All this makes Young possible in coming back. There will be plenty like him, however.-JD