Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/29/12
Chris Schwinden made his 2012 MLB debut this past Friday.  With a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pelfrmi01.shtml”>Mike Pelfrey being shelved for the year… it’s likely to not be Schwinden’s last start with the big ballclub.  The question that Met fans are puzzling is, “Can our team win with this guy on the mound?” The answer is difficult to find.  Schwinden was a 22nd round draft pick in 2008, so it isn’t as if the Mets haven’t already gotten more out of him than fans should expect out of a player drafted from that slot.  He profiles similarly to Dillon Gee, but while I’ve seen reports that his fastball had 1-2 MPH more than Gee’s it looked a little slower in Colorado.  In 4 innings he gave up 7 hits 5 earned runs and didn’t strike out a single batter. Looking at the start: Schwinden was sitting at 90 and topping out at 91 in the game.  His breaking pitches are thrown for strikes but they also don’t have a lot of difference (in speed) from his fastball. 
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