What to do when the Wheel(er) will start spinning in the big leagues?
I guess right now it helps that Mets that both Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee are pitching like their job is on the line. Which is what we hear all the time. One of those two has to make way for Zack Wheeler when he finally gets promoted. The question I’ve been asking myself is: why one of those two? Why not Marcum? I don’t seem to be the only one who was thinking in that direction.
Honestly, everybody not named Harvey or Niese has to feel like their job is in jeopardy. And with Marcum having the benefit of a doubt because he is a veteran, people jump to the conclusion that it has to be either Hefner or Gee. But both have been performing great in their last few starts. Whether it was the Yankees series or the games in Washington. True, Gee was the more inconsistent one of the pair, but he seems to figure it out lately.
I always have to say that I don’t know anything about how to run a baseball team, but I’m always a “youth first” kinda guy. Just imagine a rotation of Harvey, Niese, Wheeler, Hefner and Gee for the rest of the season. And lets not kid us, there’s no way the Mets will come close to contention this year. So without any pressure that quintet could show what they are made of and prepare themselves for a memorable 2014 season.
Yes, granted, Marcum, too, was pitching very well as of late. But I’d rather go with youth and let those guys develop.