My evil plan to get both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz into the Mets rotation sooner rather than later is falling into place. The next bold move is up to Sandy Alderson.
A little more than a week ago I proposed bringing up either pitcher and moving Dillon Gee to the bullpen. Well, Gee unfortunately got injured, which opened up a spot. Syndergaard got the call, and after two starts, you’ve got to be impressed. After gaining his first major league win Sunday, he is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his two starts. He has struck out 11 batters in 11.1 innings.
No one is saying for sure what will happen when Gee is ready to come off the disabled list next week. But even if Syndergaard fails in his next start in Friday, he should remain in the rotation. Let’s face it, Noah Syndergaard is part of the Mets future. No disrespect, but Dillon Gee is not.
“I’d love to stay, so I’m going to do everything possible to stay up here,” Syndergaard said.
The second part of my plan is more difficult. If the Syndergaard succeeds (which it appears he has), then Alderson should explore the trade market for Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon. They are both pitching well; it is time to sell high on one of them and open up a spot for Matz.
If Matz flops, then you have Gee in the bullpen to take the rotation spot. Really, is there any difference between Gee and Niese or Colon?
I don’t know about you, but I would love to see a rotation going forward of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz and Niese/Colon, with Gee in the bullpen in case of injury.
Alderson has been promising this to us for years. The time is now.