There just is not enough starting pitching. You search and search, and eventually begin to look at the broken toys. There is a seduction based on name recognition and track records. There is a success now and then, like Brett Myers leaving hip surgery and the Phillies behind for consistent excellence in Houston. [...]
But the home of the broken toys this year is New York. The Mets handed guaranteed contracts and the fourth and fifth starter jobs to Chris Capuano and Chris Young, a brittle duo that combined for just 45 starts over the past three seasons. [...]
This is part of another rite of baseball in which logic is fleeting. Let's call it March Madness: When the strong spring of a broken toy makes you forget his injured recent past and imagine a successful future.