Of all of baseball’s many clichés, “you can never have too much pitching,’’ which Mets GM Sandy Alderson, whom his biographer claims in one of the smartest men in the game, refuted today.
Alderson told reporters today in Port St. Lucie: “Notwithstanding many opinions to the contrary, I’m not convinced we need more pitching.’’
There aren’t many things I agree with Alderson on recently, and this certainly isn’t one of them.’’
Let’s look at the facts:
- Every possible pitcher in the rotation and that includes Jacob deGrom early in his career has undergone some type of surgery or been placed on the disabled list.
- Noah Syndergaard missed nearly five months last year with a torn lat muscle, and only pitched two innings after coming back from the disabled list. He reported to spring training in good shape, but we don’t know how he’ll respond to a full camp much less a full season.
- Matt Harvey has worked only one injury-free season since 2012 and twice had season-ending surgery.
- Lefty Steven Matz has been to the DL four times since his major league debut in 2015.
- Zack Wheeler has started 17 games in three years.
- Seth Lugo is trying to rebound from a partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament.
- Robert Gsellman sustained a torn left hamstring last year and had trouble with his mechanics.
That’s seven possible starters and doesn’t include Rafael Montero, who has consistently labored with his command.
Jake Arrieta is the top free agent remaining, but we’d be spinning our wheels to think that will happen, and Alderson is already on record as saying the front office doesn’t want to forfeit a compensatory draft pick and a half-million dollars of international bonus pool space.
So, given the current status of the Mets’ pool of potential starters, how can Alderson responsibly say he doesn’t see how they don’t need more pitching.