Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/11/13
Yesterday I advocated for the Mets to give their young pitchers a shot, rather than going out and finding the 2014 version of Chris Capuano, Chris Young or Shaun Marcum. But how realistic is it that Sandy Alderson and friends will allow their youngsters a chance to prove themselves? Judging by their actions in late 2013 – when they went out and got Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang – the answer has to be a resounding, not very likely at all. But what is Alderson so scared of in giving his youngsters a chance in the beginning of the season? You should be ready to take a shot whenever the right moment occurs. First, let’s look at what the “high dollar” reclamation projects of Capuano, Marcum and Young provided the Mets. In 2011, they provided 210 IP. In 2012 that number was 115 and this past year it was 78.1 IP. All told, they got 403.1 IP with 198 ER for a 4.42 ERA. That’s serviceable pitching, either low-end SP#4 or high-end SP#5. But their fragile nature and the uninspiring results
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