Mets all tapped out in Buffalo?
The Mets recently released their probable pitchers for the next week, confirming that Dillon Gee (below) has joined the rotation until further notice. The following day, the team announced that Chris Young has opted for surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, almost certainly ending his season.
Teams don’t ever go 162 games using only five starters, most poaching proven pitchers from their farm systems several times throughout the course of a season. But the Mets currently have no such luxury, having seen a plague descend upon Triple-A Buffalo. Boof Bonser has already undergone Tommy John surgery. Top prospect Jenrry Mejia is scheduled for the same procedure. Gee’s promotion to the big leagues has further undermined what was supposed to be one of the International League’s top rotations in Buffalo. (And even Gee has a history of shoulder trouble — despite optimism, there’s no telling how long he may last in the bigs.)
This, for the Mets, is a problem. It would be almost impossible for them to play out the remaining 80 percent of the season with just five starting pitchers, but they have little else available on the farm. Buffalo’s rotation currently consists of D.J. Carrasco, who was exiled from the Mets last month; Casey Fossum, a former big leaguer who represents little more than organizational depth; Brian Sweeney, another journeyman starter; Josh Stinson, a former 37th-round Draft pick without much serious potential; and Chris Schwinden, so far the best of the bunch. In six starts with Buffalo, Schwinden is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA, striking out nearly a batter per inning and showcasing solid control.
If the Mets need a starter in the immediate future, Schwinden may be the pick, unless the Mets opt to go with Carrasco, who is already on the 40-man roster.
Either way, the situation is not ideal, and considering the team’s tight budget, searching for help outside the organization may not be a viable option. It is critical, then, for the five starting pitchers in New York to remain healthy — both now and for the immediate future.
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