Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Five starters might cost someone who deserves a chance

The Mets say they aren't going to start the year with a four man rotation as they did last year, which will mean that they break camp with five players on the bench. If the Mets make Ruben Gotay the last player on the bench, it will be a result of him being out of options and not because he earned the spot. Gotay was sidelined for two weeks with a sprained ankle and while he has a decent bat from the left side, his defense and right handed hitting are still suspect. In all fairness, injury or not Gotay has been out played by both fifth outfield candidates. Angel Pagan has cooled off but is still hitting .333 with a .485 Slg and has great speed with an above average arm and defense. Brady Clark has been just as good, hitting .308 with a .410 OBP, he can also play all three outfield positions, 1B and emergency catcher. Both should make the team, one on the bench and the other as Alou's fill-in but that may cost the team Gotay on waivers. Tatis is even make a late spring push hitting .273 with a .500 slg percentage while playing 1B, 2B, 3B and LF. Meanwhile Gotay has hit .235 with a .435 OBP and a .529 Slg. For a comparison take a look at this chart.

The Mets’ commitment to pitch a fifth starter in the opening week also means that they will carry five bench players — four reserves and a backup catcher. Marlon Anderson, Damion Easley, and Endy Chávez are locks, as is Ramón Castro, assuming his strained right hamstring heals in time. The decision on the fifth — most likely Rubén Gotay, who is out of minor league options source NY Times