Found October 10, 2013 on Around Citi:
The New York Mets won’t take the field again in Flushing until March 31st, 2014. In the lull between the conclusion of the playoffs and free agency, club news is essentially non-existent. The offset in content spurs hypothetical situations that all fans enjoy partaking in: Armchair general managing, scouring feverishly through statistics, counting the days until spring training, and checking the latest news and rumors in hopes that the Mets will somehow acquire enough resources to upgrade the entire team without restrictions. The Oakland Athletics and rookie starter Sonny Gray seek to avoid a second consecutive elimination at home against the Detroit Tigers and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander tonight in what must feel like an antagonizing case of deja vu for Oakland fans. It was nearly one year ago to the day, October 12th, 2012, that Verlander pitched a completed game shutout at the Oakland Coliseum in the series clincher. Verlander followed up his complete game shutout with eight scoreless innings in game two of this year’s series on October 5th. He’s the logical choice for Detroit in a ballpark that he has historically flourished in. Oakland running with 23-year-old rookie Sonny Gray is the far more interesting story. Gray is the epitome of a blue chip prospect with an explosive fastball, outstanding secondaries, and maturity beyond his years. He matched Verlander’s scoreless effort in game two and allowed his club the opportunity to walk-off with a crucial victory before the club packed their bags for Detroit. If the Mets were to find themselves in a position where they faced a one-game Wild Card playoff or a series-clinching opportunity in 2014, which starting pitcher that is projected to be available (Sorry, Matt Harvey) would be the best choice to start? The following represent the options available to the club (In no particular order): RHP Zack Wheeler LHP Jonathon Niese RHP Dillon Gee RHP Jenry Mejia RHP Carlos Torres RHP Rafael Montero RHP Jacob DeGrom RHP Noah Syndergaard LHP Darin Gorski Of the pitchers with major league experience, only Jon Niese has thrown more than 600 big league innings and represents a sturdy veteran presence. Zack Wheeler represents the most “explosive” option with tremendous upside, but control issues could let one game slip away instantaneously. Dillon Gee would be an interesting candidate depending on the opposing lineup and ballpark the game was situated in. The most interesting options are two who have yet to debut: Highly touted prospects Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard and Montero were ranked the 3rd and 50th best pitching prospects in Major League Baseball according to John Sickels following the conclusion of the 2013 season. Syndergaard split 2013 between Port St. Lucie and Binghamton and produced better numbers in Binghamton against stiffer competition and saw his peripherals strike in the right directions. Montero dominated Binghamton and although struggled initially in Las Vegas, he rebounded to post a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts. Both project to join the starting rotation at some point in 2014 barring injuries or roster transactions and could be intriguing options in a year’s time. Since neither has a a major league sample size to base a decision on, Zack Wheeler would be the logical choice in a series-clinching game. Despite the potential for control issues, the 23-year-old represents the pitcher with the most explosive arsenal and the highest upside. If Wheeler were to face control issues, Niese would be readily available out of the bullpen to try to slither out of potential trouble on the base paths. Before the sarcastic comments flow in, we’re well aware that this a hypothetical scenario and are choosing this topic as a platform for discussion, not criticism. If the 2014 club found itself in a series clinching game, which internal option would you like to see take the mound? Chime in below! Photo Credit: Michael Baron
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Verlander and Cabrera cuss on TV after beating Oakland A’s

Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were understandably pumped after beating the Oakland A’s in game 5 of the ALDS.  Both of them dropped a few “f*ck yeah’s” on live TV afterwards, but who could blame them?  It was an epic come back from the brink of defeat.

Red Sox vs. Tigers/Athletics Who do we want to play?

Ryan MacLeod Contributing Writer One of the best things about the Red Sox finishing off the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games is the fact that the team now gets to sit back and watch the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers battle it out in a do or die game 5 tonight in Oakland. With their ticket already punched to the ALCS there is 2 questions that remain, who will they be playing and...

A’s ALDS debrief

decided to wait a day later to rehash the dumpster fire that was the ALDS between the A’s and Tigers. If I wrote anything last night there would have been a lot of swearing (more than usual), and irrational and childish gobbledygook that I would have later regretted, like calling Justin Verlander a creepy 5 o’clock shadow-having butthead (I would have meant that with all due...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.