Leiter has been DL'd, Tyler Yates will most likely replace him. This is the main problem with 38 year old pitchers, you have to hope they do not break down. The Senator has been a fan favorite for years, but with Glavine, Trachs, and Seo coming back next year is there really a place for him in 2005? He is obviously still effective, since his ERA has been sharp, but he is only 1-2. The problem as I see it is that Al does not go deep into games anymore. He usually is around 100 pitches by the fifth and seemingly labors really hard for those five innings. If he could go into the 7th with the lead, he most likely would have a couple more W's. He missed a month last year and is now DL'd again this year. Peterson and Keppel will be making serious charges for the rotation in 2005. Throw into the mix Tyler Yates, and the need for an established front-line starter (Matt Morris or Freddy Garcia), that is leaves two spots for Yates, Seo, Peterson, and Keppel to battle for. Al is the only one coming out of contract and he has a 2 million dollar buyout if the Mets do not pick up the option. I think it might be time to put this horse out to pasture. He will be a year older next year and any commitment to him would be a risky one. He will most likely not be around when the real contention begins in 2006. I would rather have the bulk of the innings going Yates, Keppel, or Peterson in 2005 so they can get a lot of experience under their belt for a major push. Sad to say it, but I think this needs to Al's last year in a Met uniform. Although, with the Wilpon's propensity to sign players past their prime, anything is possible.