Sandy Alderson’s September State of the Mets
Sandy Alderson went on Mike Francesa Tuesday and gave his monthly state of the Mets. Here is everything you need to know.
- Matt Harvey’s injury will change their offseason approach, but the team still expects to contend next year.
- They plan on spending some money on a starting pitcher now, somebody who could eat innings although it is unlikely to be a top tier guy like Matt Garza.
- Although it won’t be decided for a few weeks, Matt Harvey is likely for surgery.
- Zack Wheeler has been even better than expected according to Alderson.
- Wheeler, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee are the only guys penciled in to next year’s rotation.
- The Mets already know what they’re going to do with Ike Davis and the injury could be a help to Lucas Duda. “Ike wasn’t going to change our minds” Sandy said to Francesa about Ike getting hot in September.
- Sandy still believes Lucas Duda could be a run producer in the middle of the lineup but the outfield experiment appears to be over.
- Lucas Duda has shown he can hit left-handers a lot better than Davis.
- Getting Ruben Tejada to work harder such as taking extra batting practice is like “pulling teeth”
- Terry Collins status will be determined after the season but multiple reports say he is likely to be back for 2014.
- The team would have made the Marlon Byrd deal regardless of Harvey’s injury. They also would have pulled the trigger on that deal if it was on the table at the trade deadline in July.
- Tejada will be up when Las Vegas is finished in the playoffs. He will play every day then.
- Eric Young Jr. has really impressed but they don’t expect him to play every day next year. Young is arbitration eligible and will be one of the five outfielders next year. His playing time next year will be determined by what other outfielders are brought in.
- Juan Lagares at the plate “frustrates” Alderson but he is chasing less pitches and his defense is unbelievable so he is in the plans. It seems as if it’s more likely that Lagares starts instead of Young but that is just speculation on my part.
- Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom could make the team out of Spring Training especially without Matt Harvey available.
- Alderson was never likely to deal one of his top starting pitchers for a bat and is even less likely now with Harvey’s status in question.
- Sandy expects David Wright to be back at some point this month.
- In the mean time Josh Satin and the hobbled Wilmer Flores will play third base.