So, the Phillies just got a little better as former Houston ace Roy Oswalt was traded for J.A. Happ and two other prospects today. It’s just one more tough customer the Mets will have to face the next time they play the Phils.
Caption: Cole Hamels, left, Roy Oswalt, middle, and Roy Halladay will make a formidable top of the rotation for the Phillies. (AP File Photos)
Now the Mets get to look forward to Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, all of whom could be the ace of any team. You gotta think this move makes the Phillies the front runners for the National League East title. That is, if their offense can keep up. Yes, the Braves are frustratingly consistent but their starting pitching isn’t as strong as the Phillies’ now.
So, where does that leave the Mets, who have not made a single move before the trade deadline? Sputtering, choking on the dust as they watch the Phillies and the Braves pull away.
It’s true R.A. Dickey has been a savior this year, and Jon Niese is well on his way to becoming everything the Mets dreamed he could be, if he stays healthy. But Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey have been too erratic to rely on on a consistent basis.
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the trade deadline passed and no moves were made, essentially writing off the rest of the season. That’s the way the Mets roll. I’m sure you’re used to it by now.
One more pitcher the Mets won’t land is the Cubs’ Ted Lilly as they reportedly don’t feel like paying the $4 million left on his contract, according to a New York Post story.
So, who’s left? The Indians’ Jake Westbrook. He’s a mid-level pitcher, more along the lines of a 2007 John Maine. He may not even be worth getting.
What are your thoughts on whom the Mets might trade for?