Thursday, April 23, 2009

Time to replace Warthen?

It's only April, but the Mets are in trouble. Aside from Santana, their starting pitching is not getting the job done. When four out of five starters aren't pitching well, the focus has to shift to the pitching coach: Dan Warthen. He's doing even worse than his predecessor, Rick Peterson.

It would be a mistake to bring Peterson back. Instead, the Mets need to give serious consideration to replacing Warthen. Again, it's only April, however, I don't see the starting pitching dramatically improving under Warthen's tutelage.

In contrast to the Mets' pitching woes, another of their farm teams got an excellent pitching performance. In Savannah, 19-year-old Jeurys Familia upped his record to 2-0 with six innings of two-hit pitching against Rome. Familia surrendered just one run and struck out five as he lowered his ERA to 0.63.

Four Sand Gnats had multi-hit games, including Josh Satin, who's now batting .395, the South Atlantic League's fourth-highest average. Satin had the Gnats' only extra-base hit, a double.

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