One thing that immediately comes to mind when looking at the re-signing of Tom Glavine is that the Mets have two 40-something starters in their rotation. If Willie Randolph goes Glavine and Orlando Hernandez back-to-back, then the Mets will play consecutive games with the expectations of getting six innings from each.
That’s something to consider in putting together the rotation order because as six-inning pitchers the Mets can pencil in three innings each in consecutive days from the bullpen. And, with questions in the 3-4-5 slots, the bullpen can expect work when those guys start, too.
Translation: The Mets need an innings eater in the rotation and depth in the bullpen. If the pen is over worked, we’ll see a lot of 8-7 games next summer. That puts tremendous pressure on the offense.