Dream NY Mets starting rotation #5 starter: Carlos Carrasco
Carlos Carrasco isn't really my dream fifth starter. I believe David Peterson is better than Cookie right now. However, the Mets didn't pick up his $14 million dollar club option to be a swingman. Cookie will be expected to take the ball every fifth day in 2023 and honestly, it could be worse.
Carrasco has had a rocky tenure as a Met. He missed substantial time in 2021 and never seemed right. He was much better this past season but still wasn't quite the pitcher I thought the Mets were getting.
However, at $14 million dollars with the Mets in desperate need of starting pitching help, you can do much worse than Carlos Carrasco.
You know what you're going to get most starts out of Carrasco. He'll give you five or six innings and give you a chance to win. There's an occasional start where he'll look very rough out there but for the most part, he was solid in 2022 and I don't expect anything different in 2023.
With hopefully some added power in the lineup and a strong bullpen, the Mets will only need Carrasco to go five innings in most starts and keep them in games. His 3.97 ERA suggests he's more than capable of doing that.
As far-fetched as this may seem, Max Scherzer signing with the Mets also seemed crazy. This dream can very easily become reality. Make it happen, Billy.