From the NY Post
Seth Lugo’s place as the Mets’ most valuable reliever over the past two seasons is evident in the numbers. The big question is whether the right-hander should remain in the bullpen.
With Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz the only healthy Mets starting pitchers under contract or club control for 2021 — Noah Syndergaard is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and expected to miss the early part of the season — Lugo may finally get his wish next year and return to starting duty.
Or the transformation could begin this summer, should a season be played and the Mets need another rotation arm beyond deGrom, Matz, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.
“This is my thing with Lugo: He can be a good starting pitcher, a No. 4 or 5 on a championship team, but he’s an elite reliever,” a major league talent evaluator said. “He has that elbow issue [a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament] and that is always the argument, what is going to keep him healthier, pitching out of the pen or pitching in the rotation?”Read more here.
He should have been in the rotation for the last few years. I don't know how having him pitch almost every day vs every 5 days is better for his elbow. But I am not a doctor so I don't know if my theory is right or not. Lugo has been one of the brighter spots of that bullpen over the last few years but I have always seen him as a starter. The only way they should keep him in the bullpen is as the closer.
From the NY Post.
R.A. Dickey was a failed first-round pick by the Rangers when he signed a minor league deal with the Mets in 2010.
Two years later, the right-hander became just the third Met — and first knuckleballer — to win the National League Cy Young Award.
“This is a victory for everyone who threw the pitch,” Dickey said of the award after he beat out Clayton Kershaw to join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets to capture the award.And while Jacob deGrom has since joined that list, few could say they took a more unlikely journey to get there than Dickey.
His 2012 season was the culmination of an incredible career rebirth for Dickey, then 38. He led the NL with 230 strikeouts, five complete games, three shutouts and 233 2/3 innings.Dickey’s 20 wins were one short of Washington’s Gio Gonzalez, who finished in third place, and Dickey’s 2.73 ERA was second to Kershaw’s 2.53.
The highlight of Dickey’s 2012 campaign was a 44 2/3-inning scoreless streak that spanned from May 22 through June 24. The Mets won 14 of his 17 first-half starts, earning Dickey his first All-Star Game appearance.Read more here.
That was a crazy season and I have a game used base signed by Dickey from that last game of season at Citifield /first 7line Army/20th win of the season. Debating selling it.
JLO and AROD not buying the Mets.
According to multiple sources, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in buying the Mets. That decision was reached after negotiations with potential partners failed to materialize and it became clear that the Wilpons’ reluctance to part with SNY makes it almost impossible for anyone without many billions of dollars to afford owning the team.Read more here.
This doesn't make me upset at all. Even though I wasn't happy with Steve Cohen possibly buying the Mets, I was even less happy with JLO and AROD possibly buying the team. Now that the Wilpons don't really know what the team is worth right now because of the pandemic its making it worse for them to sell it.