For Mets, Starting Pitching Should Be Their Top Priority

October 25, 2009

I was one of the millions who witnessed the outing that Angels’ right-hander, John Lackey, had in Game 5 of the ALCS last Thursday night against the Yankees. Prior to that gutsy performance, I had my doubts regarding Anaheim’s ace. I still do. Lackey recently turned 31 on Oct. 23rd. Is he worth the money? Will he have to undergo arm surgery similar to that of set-up man, J.J. Putz, an obvious bust?

Mets Blog’s Matthew Cerrone has reported that Jon Heyman of SI.com believes the Mets brass will pass on the Angels stopper and pursue other financial interests most likely, a left fielder. This assessment leads me to wonder if perhaps the organization is feeling a bit embarrassed due to their team’s inability to hit the long ball as opposed to parading Pat Misch and Nelson Figueroa out to the mound every fifth day.

If the Mets head into the 2010 season without addressing last season’s starting pitching woes, manager Jerry Manuel won’t last beyond the Memorial Day weekend.

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