Wilmer with a big night, but I can't make that big a deal out of a hitter taking Brad Penny deep a couple of times...Penny stinks now and pretty much has for a while. I don't think there's much he can do this season to make me think he's a long-term solution...especially since he technically doesn't have a position.
Can't believe Colon only gave up one run last night. Also hard to believe he has a shot to win 15 games. Guess the Mets got what they realistically could've expected from him.
It will be interesting to see how the Mets wrap the season up, as far as their rotation goes. Right now, if the rotation is left alone, everyone gets two more starts. It wouldn't surprise me that much if deGrom gets one more start, then gets shut down. He's currently at 172.2 IP for the season (Vegas and majors combined), and though the Mets have two off-days coming up, I can see the Mets cutting deGrom off at 180 IP or so. Maybe Montero gets deGrom's final turn. Maybe Colon gets sent home early after his next start, if he wants that...I'm sure his mother's passing is still hard for him. I could see Torres or even Dice K getting Colon's start...for Dice, it'd be almost a "Thanks for not being the complete disaster we all thought you'd be, here's a little going away present."
It's been discussed before, but I really am curious to see what Sandy does with all of these starting arms:
Locks to start in 2015, barring injuries: Harvey, Wheeler, deGrom
Guys battling for the other two spots: Colon, Niese, Gee, Syndergaard, Montero
Guys who could fight their way in: Verrett, Matz, Bowman
So hard to say what's going to happen, but I could see both Syndergaard and Montero starting next season in AAA, and Sandy dealing Colon, Niese, and/or Gee in April or May, as inevitable injuries to other teams' starters happen (of course, as we know, none of these three are locks to stay healthy themselves, though Colon will have made 30 starts in each of the last two seasons). Their contract situations are obviously very different:
Gee: arb eligible after this season, coming off one year at $3.625. Can't see his salary going down.
Niese: $5 mil 2015, $7 mil 2016, $9 mil 2017, $10 mil option 2018, $11 mil option 2019, $500k buyout for 2018 or 2019. Seems like a relative bargain, but if I'm a team looking to trade for him, I'm concerned about his health, and can't help but wonder if we've already seen his best
Colon: only one year left, $11 million, but when does the clock strike midnight? For two seasons, everyone is trying to figure out what makes Colon as effective as he often is (of course, we've seen the other side of Colon as well), but no one seems to be able to explain HOW he does it.
Gee could be a not-too-bad "OK, show me" one-year tryout kind of guy, and Colon could be a "Give us your all this season and find a way to win 14-16 games" type. I'm just curious what guys like that bring back. Anything the Mets actually need?