In an effort to give their starting pitching more rest during the final month and a half of this season, the New York Mets will begin a six-man rotation this week. When listening to the manager’s report on WFAN-660 AM, Terry Collins stated that although it has not been released yet, R.A. Dickey will pitch every fifth day in order to make a run towards the CY Young award. Being that this season has turned for the worse since the beginning of July, this is an all around wise move for the Mets going forward.
With the health problems that Johan Santana has had and that dismal start against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, he will benefit from the added rest. Also, the Mets most likely will not have to put an innings restriction on Matt Harvey, who has been solid since his call-up from the Buffalo Bisons a couple weeks ago. The Mets will move ahead with Santana, Dickey, Harvey, Chris Young, Jonathan Niese and Jeremy Hefner.
Collins was bold to admit to Joe Boningo and Evan Roberts, hosts of the afternoon talk show, that the main reason Dickey will go every fifth day is so he can make his scheduled 10-12 starts with the CY Young award well in reach. In a season with few bright spots, the award should clearly go to Dickey who currently is 15-3 with 166 SOs, 1.00 WHIP and a 2.72ERA to go along with 4 complete games, 2 shutouts and back-to-back one-hitters earlier in the year.
This rotation change will inevitably give Niese the opportunity to complete the year healthy for the first time in his career, and allow Young the added rest. Finally, the Mets are looking to secure next year and the best way to do this would be to protect their valuable pitching. If these pitchers can get through the rest of this year unscathed, the Mets should look forward to a very formidable rotation in 2013.
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