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New York Mets’ Fifth Starter: Who Will It Be?

So far this off-season the Mets have been somewhat quiet only bringing in Boof Bonser, Ronny Paulino and D.J. Carrasco.  Bonser can be a solid spot-starter for the Mets while Paulino will be a nice addition to have behind the plate to backup Josh Thole.  Carrasco is who I feel to be the Mets’ best pickup so far.  Carrasco will be a great addition to a bullpen that has lost the likes of Pedro Feliciano.

The problem with the Mets this off-season is that they have not yet filled a role that is vital, the fifth spot in the rotation.  Sandy Alderson has said the he does not expect the Mets to make any moves until the new year but this spot is something that needs to be filled quickly.  Yesterday, the Mets lost their shot at getting Brandon Webb who signed with the Rangers.  This just goes to show a fifth starter must be chosen soon.

There are several candidates that could fill this role for the Mets, may it be Chris Young, other free agents, or some guys who are already on the team.

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The Omar Minaya Era: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As baseball fans know the Omar Minaya era has came to an end in New York after six years.  Though the Mets had one of the highest payrolls when Minaya was in office the team never really established themselves other than in 2006. 

As a Mets fan, I must say Omar did bring us some good times but he definitely brought us some bad times.  Minaya brought in the likes of Johan Santana and Carlos Beltran but on the other end he also brought in the likes of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez. 

So let’s all take a look at the Minaya era in New York—the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Ranking the Top Ten MLB Rookie Pitchers Not Named Stephen Strasburg

The 2010 MLB season has been quite a season for rookies may it be Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward or Austin Jackson.

This season has brought us the debuts of some of baseball’s most touted prospects and has shown us waht the future of baseball may be.

The most touted prospect of all, Strasburg, debuted about a month ago against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Strasburg phenomenon has struck the country.

There were even talks that the rookie Strasburg could possibly be named an All-Star which would have been completely idiotic due to the fact that he has only pitched in six games though I do feel he is a potential All-Star in the near future.

The phenomenon has struck so much that other rookie pitchers are hardly being spoken about so here are the top ten rookie pitchers not named Stephen Strasburg.

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Mike Stanton’s Debut Overshadowed By Stephen Strasburg’s

Two of baseballs’ most touted prospects premiered in the MLB tonight, but sadly one was quite overshadowed by the other. 

Mike Stanton, the young Marlins outfielder who was just called up today went 3-5 with two runs was the one who was sadly overshadowed by the toast of town in Washington, Stephen Strasburg.

Stanton is ranked the third-best prospect in the game according to, while Strasburg is touted as the top prospect in all of baseball by basically every scout.  What is also interesting is that yesterday the Nationals drafted another highly touted prospect in Bryce Harper.

In the next couple of years, the NL East could become an MLB powerhouse.  Just think; the Phillies are already a powerhouse, the Nationals have Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Marlins have Mike Stanton, the Mets have a young Ike Davis, who hit a walk-off home-run tonight and Jenry Mejia and the Braves who have Tommy Hanson.

Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft, also made his MLB debut tonight.  Strasburg pitched 7.0 innings giving up two earned runs and threw an astounding fourteen strikeouts, the most since 1900. Strasburg struck out every member of the Pirates roster.

It is quite dissappointing that two of baseballs’ most promising prospects had to make there MLB debuts on the same day due to the fact that both could have been the event that Strasburg’s debut was.

All I can hope is that Stanton does not live in the shadow of Stephen Strasburg for his entire MLB career.

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