Where did it all go wrong? Well, three of the New York Mets starting pitchers have combined to go 2-14 this season.
That’s very little winning and a whole lot of learning.
I’m not sure anyone anticipated these three would pitch this badly. In a shortened year, for them to combine to have this many losses, is quite remarkable.
Porcello has been the best of the three with an ERA now below 6.00 following his most recent outing. However, at just 1-6, he has contributed more losses than anyone else on the team.
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Matz has been the worst of this trifecta. He hasn’t earned a single win all year. His 0-5 record is abysmal and may affect his career more than the other two. Add in his 9.79 ERA and it’s nauseating to think about his season.
As for Wacha, his future in Major League Baseball also has some uncertainty. He won’t be with the Mets next year barring some kind of scandal involving blackmail against Brodie Van Wagenen. At 1-3 with an ERA at nearly 7.00, he has been one of the biggest busts of the offseason.
In all honesty, does anyone actually remember when he won a game?
Porcello and Wacha are a stain on Van Wagenen’s offseason. Rather than sign Zack Wheeler or another better pitcher, the team went bargain-shopping with these two.
I know nobody foresaw the season getting cut down to 60 games when those signings were made and Wheeler probably got paid more than he deserved by the Philadelphia Phillies. Even so, it’s hard to not shake our heads in disgust at the GM.
As for Matz, we have no one to blame but him for how he has pitched. It doesn’t seem to matter who the manager or pitching coach is. Matz has gotten rough up plenty in recent years and I’m curious to see if the Mets ever give him another shot to start.
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Wins in baseball certainly don’t carry as much weight as they used. Losses, on the other hand, still do. And these three have walked away with L’s on the stat sheet for too often.