By: Will Johnson

Stay Calm And Get Tommy John Surgery

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Okay first off let’s all take a deep breath. Put the gun down. Take the noose off from around your neck. Pull your head out of the oven. It’s okay. I know today was a hit but we will survive.

Okay now that we’ve all moved off the ledge let’s talk this out. If you guys and girls don’t already know Zack Wheeler is going to have to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery. He has a torn UCL in his right elbow. He joins Josh Edgin as the two Mets who need to get the surgery. (On a side note, do you think the Wilpons are going to try and get a two for one deal out of the doctor? I think he should).

Now For right now it looks like Dillon Gee will be taking Wheeler’s spot in the rotation. Now it’s not optimal but it’s a pretty good band aid. I like Gee. His stuff isn’t in Wheeler or Harvey’s class but his stuff is good enough. Come June if it doesn’t look like he’s working out there’s still Syndergaard waiting to get called up. See there’s a reason why the Mets have some depth.

Now I know some of you are asking well what about Steven Matz? Why doesn’t he get called up in June. Well cause in my scenario, Matz comes out of Port St. Lucie with the big club. Not as a starter but as the lefty specialist. I know, I know he’s a starter. But why not plug him into the bullpen. We have a hole that needs filling why not Matz? There is precedent for a starting pitcher starting their careers in the bullpen. (Have you guys met Adam Wainwright? Started in the pen, broke my heart into a million trillion pieces and then went into the rotation and became the ace of the Cardinals) He can also be a long reliever or spot starter. There’s something they can do. And added bonus he already had Tommy John surgery. So we got that out of the way.

Sandy Alderson has said it’s a possibility but “highly unlikely.”

I suggest these ideas based solely on the premise, Why Not? What’s the worst that can happen? We’ll have another losing season? We’ve had them before, we’ll have them again. It’s not the end of the world. It’s easy to be a Mets fan and to be a pessimist. But I suggest we all take a moment and don’t worry. Even with Wheeler down, this is still a good team. There’s some stuff to be excited about. So take a deep soothing breath, okay? Good? Okay one more deep breath and let’s all together now, say it loud say it proud LET’S GO METS!

About Will Johnson

Mets fan since birth. Mookie Wilson is my hero. Chase Utley is my mortal enemy.

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1 Comment

  1. MICHAEL TANCSAK

    March 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Considering Matz took two yrs to recover from tj, i don’t think it’s wise to bounce him back and forth between bullpen and starting rotation. Too many guys have gotten hurt as a result, Joba, feliz, ogando, mejia immediately come to mind. Wainwright eventually had tj too! Just because Matz had tj doesn’t mean he’s not vulnerable to have it again. Brian Wilson, capuano, isringhausen, beachy, medlen, Daniel Hudson, Hefner, Soria all had tj twice, some of those guys had it three times! Matz is much more valuable to us as a starter, trade Puello who is out of options and not making the club for a lefty reliever whose out of options as well.

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