The Mets are trying to paint this picture that once Pedro Martinez comes back all their pitching questions will be answered.
Don’t believe it.
We already know Martinez won’t be the Opening Day starter. He threw another three innings in a simulation game today, and hopes to throw an inning or two in an exhibition game this week.
Opening Day is 15 days away, so you do the math.
Tom Glavine, who we all expect to be the Opening Day starter, threw five innings in a simulation game this morning. He threw in that forum because the Mets need to see another start from Brian Bannister.
There’s speculation Bannister will go into the rotation and Aaron Heilman will be sent to the bullpen out of necessity, which was the scenario before the Mets traded Kris Benson in January.
Juan Padilla is done for the year, which creates a hole, and the Mets don’t know what they are going to get from Jorge Julio, who spent most of spring training in the WBC instead of here where his new manager and pitching coach could get a look at his mechanical flaws.
If Bannister is the real deal, the Mets are better off with him in the rotation and Heilman out of the bullpen.
As always, let me know what you think. — John