Brian Lawrence is good for five innings and three to four runs a game, which is why he’s Brian Lawrence. It is what it is. That’s not great, and it won’t change, either.
The Mets seem happy with that coming out of the fifth starter role. They obviously don’t want to give those starts to Mike Pelfrey. Like a lot of guys, hitters seem to get a read on Pelfrey after awhile and maybe the Mets have realized they’ve rushed him.
To me, that’s all the more reason to try him in the bullpen. Give him work in small, condidence-buiding doses.
Now as far as Guillermo Mota is concerned, they have to pull the plug on him now. Willie can say all he wants about having confidence in him (it’s getting weaker), but the players are losing it.
I think he should go to the minors now and START a few games. Stretch him out. The more he works now the better the odds of him finding it. The assumption, of course, is that what he’s missing can’t be found in a needle.