The New York Mets have gotten off to a middling 6-9 start, thanks mostly to poor performances from the members of the starting rotation whose name doesn't rhyme with Schmohan Schmantana. It's true, check out the stats:
Stinkeroo! Besides Johan Santana and his tidy 0.46 ERA, the other four starters have an ERA of 7.62. So Mets manager Jerry Manuel is putting his pitchers on notice and threatening to make changes:
"If it doesn't get any better, then you have to make some adjustments," Manuel said after his club fell to 6-9 with its fourth straight loss. "It's really that simple. It's not rocket science. If they ain't pitching, then you've got to find somebody that will pitch."
No telling where he is going to find these magical starting pitchers that will somehow right the teetering ship in Queens. If they existed, why not sign them in the offseason? Oh right, you let them all sign with Atlanta. Besides starter Tim Redding, currently working out in extended spring training, the Mets cupboard is pretty bare. But hey, at least the bullpen hasn't blown any saves yet.