By: Michael Ganci

Nine Innings with Ken Rosenthal

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It’s been a great opening to this new series of #9innings, as we’ve featured Adam Rubin, Alan Hahn, Kristie Ackert, David Brody, Kevin Burkhardt and Ken Davidoff.

On the first ever Sunday edition, we feature Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, who gave his thoughts on the Mets as they move forward into the 2015 season. See below.

What do you make of this Mets’ team as currently constituted? Are they ready to contend?

Like the team. Close to contention if not there.

If they’re missing something, what is that piece? Who would be the guy you’d go out and get and why?

SHORTSTOP (and you can use caps). No obvious guy at moment, but in time Tulo, Desmond, etc. – any of ‘em would be good.

How do the Mets compete with the Nationals with that superstar rotation? Is the NL East title a distant pipe dream?

Yes. NL East title difficult to imagine.

David Wright had a career-worst year in 2014. Do you think we should expect a marginalized player moving forward or do you have hope in a resurgence?

Resurgence, but maybe not all the way back to where he was.

Who’s the guy who needs to step up to put the Mets offense over the top?

They need better out of Wright and Granderson.

What are your thoughts on the Yankees? Do you hate them? Do you understand why many Mets fans do?

Why would I hate the Yankees? I cover all 30 teams. But yes, I understand why Mets fans don’t like them.

If you could have one team as currently constituted, farm system and all, would you rather have the Mets or the Yankees? Why?

Rather have the Yankees because of proven willingness to spend.

What’s the best thing to eat or drink at Citi Field?

Don’t know.

Finish this sentence. By the end of the season, the Mets will be…

Talking about the piece(s) that will put them over the top.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he’d have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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