Good pitching beats good hitting has always been a tenant of baseball but this years Met team’s chances to “compete” is especially reliant on starting pitching.
I put quotes around “compete” because I remain skeptical we can hang in there for 5 more months with the big dogs. We simply don’t have the offensive firepower to slug our way to victory on the days we don’t get quality starts.
Niese just didn’t have it last night. Hey, that’s gonna happen sometimes, especially with a young arm, so I don’t hold it against the kid but teams like the Yankees can overcome a 6 earned runs from a starter. The Mets can’t.
Mostly b/c we’ve got a crop of young hitters and like it or not they’re gonna be inconsistent at best while they cut their teeth.
Wright should hit no question.
Ike is making up for a missed a year and he’s still a pup himself.
Duda I firmly believe can be one of the top sluggers in the game, but he’s not there yet.
Bay… need I say more?
Murphy great avg guy but not enough power to carry the team.
Thole combine my Murphy and Duda comments and you have Thole. Young and not enough power to be a game. Hanger anyway.
Tejada is grow into a dangerous top of the order threat… but he’s not there yet.
Nieuwenheis is a New Fish so anything we get is gravy.
So with all those offensive question marks we can’t afford bad starts.
It’s Day Game Wednesday - don’t forget.