This team is confident, and it’s ready to prove that it can keep winning without the face of the franchise.
Wilmer Flores had three hits, including a three-run homer, and the New York Mets routed an Atlanta Braves split squad 13-2 Friday.
Of New York’s veteran starting pitchers — including Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese — Gee appears to have the least value.
A trade doesn’t appear to be close. There are more attractive pitchers rumored to be on the trade market, and A.J. Burnett is the only significant free-agent starter who has been signed.
The Mets need an upgrade at shortstop. The Cubs have shortstops in spades. What they don’t have is pitching. So what’s the problem?
Jonathon Niese did quite well for himself while pitching with a sore shoulder. Now he’s got to learn how to excel with a healthy arm.
Use of the six-man rotation across Major League Baseball is a matter of when, not if. Decades ago, the Mets changed baseball. Next year, they’ll be in a position to do it again.
By the end of his team’s latest deflating loss, Carlos Torres was punching himself in the head. Hard. It’s been that kind of month for the Mets.
Before saying goodbye, Niese got to listen to Al Dukes’ parody efforts through the years.
It’s fantastic that the Mets have a wealth of pitching. But do you know what else it is? Infuriating.
This can all blow up in Terry Collins’ face over the next few days, weeks or months. But for now, he can’t argue with what his starters have done lately.
The good news? The 27-year-old lefty is expected to make his debut during the club’s opening homestand, according to a report.
Starters Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon and closer Bobby Parnell pitched batting practice with fielders Thursday.
“This offseason that’s pretty much all I was working on,” Niese said Friday. “I neglected the other things. So everything was at an imbalance.”
On Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters that the MRI showed that the lefty’s shoulder is clean.