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Note to NY Mets Ownership. Leave the High Quality Pitching Off Trading Block!

POSTED June 29, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Synergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.


As a long suffering Mets fan, I understand the frustration of those who wish to see the team play some kind of meaningful baseball after July 1 each year.

Lord knows that with the current ownership constantly using the team to bail themselves out of the Bernie Madoff mess they got themselves into, it’s hard to imagine that they will ever field an entire championship ball club but we know where winning starts.

Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Bobby Ojeda and Rick Aguilera. Those where the Mets stating five the last time we got to hold the big trophy after beating the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series.

It all starts with pitching, has both times the team has taken the top spot.

The 1969 Miracle Mets featured Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry and a wild guy named Nolan Ryan who each helped the underdog Mets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in five games.

Everybody who follows the Mets knows General Manager Sandy Alderson is very limited in what he can do without a large market team budget even though they reside in the biggest market in all of baseball.

The younger New York team (in franchise years) currently sports a 40-37 record, thanks to a four game winning streak that was preceded by a seven game losing streak that was less on the pitching staff and more on an anemic offense that seems allergic at times to cross home plate.

DeGrom and Harvey are both 1-1 in their last three starts even though each has pitched well enough to be 3-0 during that span. DeGrom, not suffering from any kind of sophomore jinx, gave up three runs while Harvey allowed just two.

With the record breaking start of highly touted rookie Steven Matz on Sunday that saw the lefty not only pitch into the eighth inning but set a major league record by driving in four runs in his major league debut, the Mets have four pitchers for the future.

Mind you, Wheeler is not pitching this year due to Tommy John surgery but the ageless Bartolo Colon (9-6) has given the team more highs than lows although it’s been tough sledding for the 41-year old of late.

Jonathon Niese (3-7) or Colon could be gone soon if teams are looking for arms before the trade deadline and that’s where one hopes the Mets don’t try and sacrifice the future when they have no hope of getting enough bats to make this year one for the ages.

Think about it, most post-seasons since the start of time has seen the team with the best pitching come out on top.

Good pitching aces good hitting most days.

The Mets have drafted well for the most part (helps being bad) and should try and do the same thing with the bats.

Trading for a 30-something at this point is not going to get it done.

Remember, Bud Harrelson and Al Weiss did not exactly help the ’69 Mets form a murderer’s row but they did enough at key times to get it done.

It’s hard to ask for patience from a fan base that has been let down so many times but I think we need to stay the course with the young arms.

Maybe we fans can demand a no-trade clause for our pitching staff. Heck it’s the least ownership can do for us!

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