Found October 16, 2012 on
It’s easy to look at Jeremy Hefner’s 5.09 ERA and 4-7 record and conclude that it was not a very good year and that the Mets might look to upgrade his spot for 2013. But Hefner did a fine job in his role and not only should he be back next year, there are legitimate reasons to think he was undervalued by most fans and analysts out there.
One of the difficulties in evaluating pitchers is coming to an agreement on terms and definitions. Coming into the 2012 season, most people would have considered Tim Lincecum an ace. Yet Lincecum turned in a season with 15 losses and a 5.18 ERA. So, the first thing we are going to do is throw out preconceived notions. No one is an ace or SP1 on reputation alone. Instead we are going to look at actual results and rank pitchers based on where they fell among their peers.
This study is limited to National League pitchers and will consider only what they did as starters. There were 95 pitchers who threw at least 50 innings as a starter last yea...
BEST OF MAXIM
According to Chris Walendin of tgpMets, Mets minor league pitchers Zack Wheeler, Chris Schwinden and Darin Gorski are among many players in the Mets organization that are currently eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft.
The following players comprise the complete list:
Triple-A Buffalo Bisons
Double-A Binghamton Mets
JOHAN SANTANA, LHP
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: The only thing the Mets knew for certain about Johan Santana heading into the season is they would pay him $24 million. Coming off shoulder surgery and not having started since Sept. 2, 2010, the most the Mets could hope for was for him to stay healthy and start at least 15 games. Anything above that would be considered a bonus.
R.A. DICKEY, RHP
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: R.A. Dickey had been a journeyman with a trick pitch his entire career, winning a career-high 11 games in 2010. Realistically, they had no right to expect more than that from him at age 37 and figured to be third or fourth in the rotation at best. Only injuries or poor performance from others could elevate his status, and was why he was in...
JONATHAN NIESE, LHP
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: Jonathan Niese was another Mets pitcher who went into spring training coming off an injury. He pulled a right rib cage muscle in Sept. 2011, while pitching against the Phillies and was shut down. Two years earlier, Niese’s season ended with a severely pulled hamstring. While the Mets weren’t worried about his arm, two muscle pulls had...
The Mets say they have the funds to re sign David Wright and R A Dickey this off season. Well as a Met fan your happy that at least they can try to retain Wright and give Dickey a well deserved raise. This is partially due to the fact that the hapless Wilpons don’t have to spend mad $4 paying off the Madoff debt . Well my question is this. If this is true, and lets just say this was resolved a
R.A. Dickey is offering a 30 minute pitching lesson for a great cause!
Baseball fans looking to learn the knuckleball will have a chance to be taught by the best in the business. R.A. Dickey will offer a 30 minute pitching lesson in which all proceeds will go to Shannon Forde, a long-time New York Mets employee that was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. The package will also...