I’ll never understand why I listen to Mike Francesca, but his thoughts today about the Mets not being a playoff team are absolutely ridicules. You can say what you will about the things that need to go right for this team to be successful, but to looking at the rosters on paper and thinking the Phillies are as good as the Mets is just being outrageous for the sake of it. The Mets have been more talented than the Phillies each of the last 3 years and have been done in by their atrocious bullpen.
Both teams come into 2009 similar to last year with the Mets having won 89 games with a bullpen that blew save after save. Brad Lidge blew exactly zero games all year and they could only muster 92 wins. Someone explain to me how with this data taken over a recent 162 game sample you can’t make a case for the Mets being significantly better than the Phillies with 2 closers at the end of our pen?
Then he compares the Mets rotation with the Yankees, as if the two teams are in competition for the same division. According to Mike, the Mets 2-4 starters have little chance of winning 15 games while Joba, Pettitte, Wang & the walking wounded from Toronto are all locks. Joba has won SIX games total in the majors, Andy Pettitte is a .500 pitcher now, Wang is coming off an injury and Burnett has won over 12 games once in his long career. Also, Rivera is now 38 years old and they have no set up crew. So, Mike… why don’t you take off your pinstriped glasses and admit the rotations will probably be about even this year. If you look at overall depth, who’s going to cope with an injury better? The Mets are seven deep in the rotation. Joba won’t be allowed to pitch 200 innings… who’s stepping in for him? Who Mike?
In conclusion, bite me you pompous dickhead. Ah… and of course Lets Go Mets!
Posted By Nik Kolidas