Mets Should Start Jeremy Hefner

Jeremy Hefner

Jeremy Hefner (Photo credit: SD Dirk)

The Mets decided to replace Chris Schwinden in the starting rotation with Miguel Batista… For now. But they should take a look at what Jeremy Hefner’s been doing at Buffalo so far this season. He’s 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 IP. He threw 6 scoreless innings over 5 games for the Mets this spring too.

Hefner may be over-matched my Major League pitching but he’s mastering the Triple-A level right now and deserves a shot at Mike Pelfrey’s vacated rotation spot.

Hefner isn’t a kid either. He’s 26 years old. So any concerns about bringing up and inexperienced pitcher are unfounded. He’s been pitching in the minors since 2007. I know it isn’t the majors but he’s been around for a few years.

Let’s face it. At 41 years old, with a 6.92 ERA this season Miguel Batista probably isn’t the answer for the rotation. The Mets are trying to hold out for fragile Chris Young to be ready to pitch, which will probably be at the end of May or beginning of June as he comes back from last season’s shoulder surgery. But Hefner deserves a shot in the meantime.

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