As we approach the start of the season, the Mets’ pitching staff has to accomplish a lot in order to win the trust of hopeful fans. If there is to be any glimmer of hope for a respectable season, the staff has to not only meet expectations, but most likely exceed them.
One thing that can foster some belief among fans is for Jonathon Niese to have his breakout year and perhaps become the ace of the Mets this year. Niese certainly has the potential to make his mark on this staff
With injury concerns, inconsistencies and several question marks surrounding the Met’s staff -a staff that is void of a true ace- Niese could be the best they got.
Let’s break it down this way:
Johan Santana, despite all the physical tools he has, is coming back from a major shoulder surgery and he can’t be conceivably be trusted to pitch upwards of 200 innings this year. Oh, he will be exciting to watch and is still the most talented pitcher on the staff, but counting on him to be your ace comes with a hug...