Good point by the way about Leiter. He was always a bulldog for the Mets. Most Mets fans also appreciate Trachsel's value. Every friend I have who is a Mets fan loves what Trachsel brings to them. Ishii and Zambrano will not bring that same bulldog mentality.
Cooner wrote:i may get yelled at over this, but I think the biggest issue the Mets will have isn't starting pitching but middle relief. Middle relief has always been an issue with the Mets, and the loss of Leiter to some extent and not starting Trachsel will hurt. Not that either of these guys are great pitchers, but they both regularly soaked up 200 innings, every year. You might not win a game with Trachsel on the mound, but he's still not coming out until the 7th or 8th inning. Having that break more often then not allowed a rather mediocre bullpen to not look too bad or blow too many leads. With the change to Ishii and Zambrano, I see their middle relief getting a lot more innings this year, exposing a pretty nasty weakness.