"Everything will be revealed tomorrow," said Willie Randolph.
Tomorrow, the Mets will have Orlando Hernandez take the mound for his first start in spring training. When El Duque's day is done, Mike Pelfrey will take over on the mound.
A lot of stock will be put into tomorrow's game and the 5th starter could be decided by tomorrows performances. Of course, for probably the most meaningful game of spring training, I'll be at Easter dinner.
I really don't think El Duque is going to have it in him. Velocity may not mean a lot to the staff and to Hernandez, but when hitters start tagging him for hits and runs, it will be a different story.
For absolutely no reason, Randolph also seems dead set on taking five pitchers to begin the season, even though the 5th spot isn't needed until halfway through April.
Pelfrey is still my top choice, even if he hasn't performed up to par so far this spring. I'll take health over a veteran presence any day.
Tomorrow, the 5th starter will probably be decided, and this blogger is pulling for Pelfrey.
Who do you prefer?