Mets’ Pitching Looks Bright
- Updated: June 21, 2011
Many have said that the immediate future of the Mets appears bleak. While the team has many critical decisions to make this summer, the future is not as dark as it seems to be.
The reason for such optimism? The starting pitching, the most critical part of any any major league team, has given Mets fans reason for hope. The Mets have some young pitchers who should have a serious future.
Dillon Gee and Jonanthon Niese, in particular, have pitched very well for the Mets this season and have the potential to be mainstays in the rotation for years to come, with the possibility that one day one of them may become a No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher on the staff.
Gee, with his perfect record, has shown that he has a great mindset on the mound to go with his wide assortment of pitches. Niese has been showing more poise with every start, which makes his lethal curveball even more dangerous.
And both hurlers are young. Ironically enough, both were born in 1986, the last year the Mets won the World Series. In fact Niese was born on Oct. 27, 1986, the day the Mets rallied to beat the Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series.
The two youngsters are not alone. Mike Pelfrey and R.A. Dickey, while going through some bumps in the road this year, are veterans who have shown they have the talent to help the Mets for the next several years.
The Mets are also expecting to get Johan Santana back this season, perhaps in July. If Santana comes back strong, and that’s a big if, the Mets could have one of the top rotations in baseball for the next few years.