Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernández, if healthy, are assured spots in the rotation. John Maine and Oliver Pérez are considered favorites for the third and fourth slots.
I'll be honest -- I have really enjoyed watching the Mets play the last couple of years. I love the young position players they've developed, and I honestly feel that in 20 years I will feel lucky to have seen Reyes and Wright play when they were young. Their offense and defense are not only good but spectacularly entertaining to watch. I really find them to be one of the most exciting teams in baseball, and I'm very curious to see what happens when they move into their new park.
All that said, the sentence quoted above is such a downer for this team. So much talent in that pitching staff, but it's so outweighed by question marks. I feel like this great team they've put together is almost wasted with that.
Two other points from this article:
1. It hammers home my concerns about Verlander; and
2. I don't know why the powers that be still guage young pitchers by innings rather than pitch counts. I mean, sometimes they do, but the articles never play that up anyway. Is there actually some biology behind it, ie. a low pitch count over many innings is worse than the same pitch count over fewer innings? The former indicates a better pitcher to me, but maybe there's something involved with the waits between innings and the time needed to warm up, I don't know. Would love some enlightenment baseball people.