Mets at Jupiter to play the Cardinals today. They are taking BP now. Gorgeous day. Chamber of Commerce stuff.
Two pitching questions could be further answered today: Orlando Hernandez and Ambiorix Burgos. Hernandez is still building up his strength and Burgos is looking to find a map to the strikezone.
Have been thinking about the fifth starter slot and talked to a couple a people about it, notably Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson. They wouldn’t admit it, but I could tell by their reaction when I asked the question that they knew I wasn’t nuts.
Here are three things we know:
1. Mike Pelfrey is pitching better than any of the other fifth starter candidates. It is also desirable to get him consistent work.
2. Orlando Hernandez is still not 100 percent.
3. The fifth starter won’t be used until mid-April.
Solution: Put Pelfrey in the rotation and DL Duque. There’s no need to carry a fifth starter and have him sit. Carry another reliever (you can carry Jon Adkins because he’s out of options) or another position player.
This gives Pelfrey his innings; it enables Hernandez to get in better shape; and it gives the Mets a couple more weeks to weigh their options.
Makes sense to me.