Mets Starting Pitching May Force Roster, Coaching Changes

Oliver PerezAfter the Mets humiliating defeat in St. Louis yesterday, manager Jerry Manuel spoke to the media about some possible changes to the roster in the near future. Manuel said that they’ll go one more time, as is, through the pitching rotation. If the starting pitchers, other than Johan Santana, can’t overcome their problems the Mets will make changes.

Manuel said that he would like to immediately add a 13th pitcher to the Mets roster. The logic being that the starters are pitching so few innings right now that it would keep the existing pitchers in the bullpen from getting burned out early in the season. Manuel admitted that he’s concerned about how many innings the bullpen is logging already.

Another issue is to figure out which position player will pay the price by losing a roster spot to add another pitcher. I suspect that Jeremy Reed is the most likely candidate. If it was up to me, I would option Daniel Murphy for reasons written before on this site that I won’t go into again.

Adam Rubin of the Daily News reports that the Mets are already considering making changes to the coaching staff. Rubin also notes that the Mets are considering optioning Mike Pelfrey or Oliver Perez to the minors. That would be quite a shake-up, moving the #2 or #3 starter to the minors!

Although some of these ideas sound desperate, I’m glad that they’re not just going with the status quo because it’s April. The Mets have a lot of seats left to sell and this team isn’t inspiring me to go out and buy more seats. That doesn’t even mention the fact that the last two seasons have been lost to one or two games, so they can’t just give games away even if it is only April.

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4 thoughts on “Mets Starting Pitching May Force Roster, Coaching Changes

  1. MetStatHead

    This team is actually depressing the entire fan base… I wish we could just have a meeting with Jerry and Omar and hash this all out…

    The locker room needs a leader, they need to start hitting as a team and they need to shake up the lineup ASAP or there will be a lot of coaches looking for jobs in the next few weeks… Soon the GM will be looking for a job if things dont improve!

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      Minaya just signed a 3-year extension last October. His contract goes through 2012. I doubt the Wilpons would want to dump him and keep paying him for the next 3+ years. I think he’s pretty secure just based on that, even if his performance isn’t that great.

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      I’m sure that Jonathan Niese and Freddy Garcia would be at the top of the list. Tim Redding will be off the DL next month. Barring a trade, that’s about it. Those options don’t really knock your socks off.

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