The New York Mets are again making noise about going with a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee is activated from the disabled list. Doing so would allow them to not choose between Gee and Noah Syndergaard, Friday’s starter in Pittsburgh.
The Mets considered this before Gee was injured, but rejected it, in large part because it would have meant Matt Harvey pitching with more rest than in a normal five-man rotation.
However, as often is the case with the Mets, they don’t have a definitive plan. They didn’t when it came to naming a format to regulate Harvey’s innings; settling on a batting order; and determining a leadoff hitter.
I don’t have a problem with a six-man rotation, if it is implemented properly, meaning – stick with it.
The negative is less starts for Harvey and Jacob deGrom, but the flip side is they could be stronger when they do pitch.
Another positive is less starts – and more rest – for Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese. Another positive is that if Gee pitches well, which he has this year at times and in his rehab, it enables the Mets to showcase him for a possible trade by the July 31 deadline. If they do this, they can go back to the more conventional five-man rotation.
But, what if it works? What if the extra rest and extra pitcher improves the team? Remember, at one time a four-man rotation was the norm. The Mets really have nothing to lose by this, especially since it could give them an idea of what might happen next summer when they have Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.
However, for it to work, two things must happen, 1) the Mets must give it time to develop, and 2) the starters must be on board with the change.
If one starter, and of course I’m talking about Harvey because he’s been known to make noise when he doesn’t like things.
It will be interesting to see if the Mets sacrifice the chance to better the team to appease one player.