With the start of the Winter Meetings just days away, there’s been precious little information about the Mets’ pitching. There was an article in The Post about Matt Harvey dating yet another model, but there’s been nothing about his health and ability to pitch in 2018.
What the Mets have said in the wake of Japanese free-agent Shohei Ohtani blowing off them and the Yankees, is they likely won’t add starting pitching but instead focus on relievers, who are routinely less expensive than free agents CC Sabathia or Jason Vargas, or even bringing back R.A. Dickey.
Hell, even if they signed all three that wouldn’t be enough to make the Mets a contender again.
The Mets don’t know about the status of Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler. They are contemplating limiting Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to twice through the batting order before turning the game over to the bullpen. That’s at least three innings a game from their bullpen, which is way too many.
The Mets hope hiring a new trainer will keep their pitchers healthy, which sounds like a good idea, but who are they kidding?
It’s going on five years and the Mets’ vaunted starting five hasn’t yet made one uninterrupted turn through the rotation. Yet, GM Sandy Alderson is betting on a new trainer to make that happen.