He pitched one late last year after the Mets clinched, and this year Philip Humber, the former #3 pick from Rice, is looking to make his mark. He spoke with Dave Buscema from the Times Herald-Record out of Middletown, NY about his hopes for next year, the best and worst day of his life, and…getting stiffed by Maria Sharapova? Interview here… By the way, Baseball America had Humber as #4 on their list of Mets prospects, as well as giving him "Best Curveball" honors and listing him as the #2 starter in 2010.
Makes the race for spots 4 and 5 in the rotation a little more interesting, although I believe that the Mets should stick Humber in the bullpen at least for this year, especially since Pedro and Glavine have the top two spots locked up and Chan-Ho Park is more than likely to get spot #3. John Maine may be an early candidate for spot 4 yet but we’ll have to see how things go later this spring, although at this point I’m more comfortable with him in the rotation than I am Mike Pelfrey or El Duque. A little more help from the bullpen and he’s maybe 7-4 or 8-2.
Spot 5 is an even bigger question mark; does Willie stick Pelfrey there or take chances on Oliver Perez? He gets shelled so often that I’m not sure he will get the spot. Alay Soler is another option but he has been inconsistent. I like Dave Williams right now (when he comes back)–in two of his four losses (4/9 against the Pirates–3 R, 5 H, 6.0 IP and 5/13 against the Phillies–2 R, 5 H, 8.1 IP) he was outstanding, and should have won. Again, a little more help from the bullpen and his record is easily 7-2. That’s something Omar Minaya tried to address with the Scott Schoeneweis and Jorge Sosa signing. Despite Omar saying that Sosa may be in the rotation I’m not so sure of that right now.