As gale Syndergaard finally blows into town.
And before a sparse crowd at Citi Field for the affair, one on par with a typical weekend Mets crowd these days, it seems safe to say that while many Mets fans were excited about seeing Syndergaard, and World team starter Rafael Montero, few recognized just how much the team’s future rises and falls on the success of both pitchers.
...Should both continue to pitch well in the second half, they’d be in the mix for 2014. The Mets like their pitching prospects to log around 150 innings at Double-A or above. Montero could get the call sooner than later, with just under 100 such innings already on his resume, and little reason for the Mets to keep him at Las Vegas rather than learning in New York. Syndergaard, if he keeps pitching as he has in his first 20 Double-A innings, might even make that 150-inning guideline moot by early next season.
And then the Mets will need to figure out exactly what to do. Do they go all young, pair these two with Harvey and Wheeler, and deal Hefner and Gee for pitching help? This hardly seems like a wise decision, with every major league team in need of depth, not to mention long relief and a bullpen.
“I feel incredibly happy to have gotten the chance to pitch here today,” Montero said through a translator. “And maybe one day, I will get to pitch here… God willing, I will be back.”
This is the reality for the New York Mets right now. They received an all-too-brief look at what the future might be on Sunday afternoon. Now comes the waiting and hoping it can all come true.
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 08:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
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