The Mets just landed the greatest pitcher in baseball at the mere cost of 4 above average prospects and well over 100 million dollars. However, although I'm excited that they pretty much have the NL Championship locked up, was it 100% necessary?
Without Johan the Rotation would've been as follows:
1. Pedro Martinez
2. John Maine
3. Oliver Perez
4. Orlando Hernandez
5. Mike Pelfrey/Jorge Sosa/Kevin Mulvey/Phil Humber
To me that looks like a formiddable rotaion. Here's how I believe that would've worked out over the course of the season:
1. Pedro: 14-7 172 IP 3.75 ERA
2. Maine: 20-9 211 IP 2.99 ERA (Cy Young Award)
3. Perez: 17-11 195 IP 3.50 ERA
4. El Duque: 11-5 130 IP 3.25 ERA
5. Fifth Spot: 8-12 165 IP 5.25 ERA
While Maine might be somewhat of a stretch, I truly believe he'll win 20 games and top 200 innings this season. If all goes as stated above, the only weak points would be finding some one to replace El Duque half way through the year and the fith spot. Both holes could have been filled by signing a Kyle Lohse or Livan Hernandezto bolster the rotation.
So, while the Mets now have one of the top three rotations in baseball, one has to wonder, did we need such a dramatic upgrade?
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