Yeah, they got five from Orlando Hernandez, which Willie Randolph said he’d take that every time, but the back end of the rotation remains fragile.
The Mets got a quality start from Alay Soler, but that’s one. There’s no guarantee they’ll get a sold five from Hernandez every time, and when Brian Bannister returns, they don’t know what they’ll get from him.
Tonight’s starter, Steve Trachsel, isn’t a sure thing. Pedro Martinez is fragile and Tom Glavine, hot as he is, is still 40.
Of course, some of you might think that’s negative thinking. Too bad. I’m not paid to look at the Mets through your rose colored glasses.
The next two months are important for GM Omar Minaya as he wants to see what he has inside before exposing prospect Lastings Milledge in the trade market. That means making a tough decision on Milledge. Is he a franchise player or a complementary piece? If he’s the latter they can deal and replace Cliff Floyd later. If they consider Milledge a cornerstone, it’s a lot tougher to trade.
What are your thoughts? Do they deal Milledge for a pitcher now or take their chances? Let me know.