The offseason has just begun and for the first time in years, there really aren’t many questions regarding the Mets starting rotation. In fact, the Mets actually have six legitimate options for their rotation, so GM Sandy Alderson will most likely try and move one of the veteran arms prior to Spring Training. Last season, the Mets starting pitching was one of the team’s bright spots, as the rotation had some intriguing young talent, and a solid mix of veterans. With a healthy Matt Harvey ready to go for opening day, the 2015 Mets rotation will impress, and help the team contend for the NL East Division Title.
Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Mets ace Matt Harvey is poised for a breakout season and hopes to pick up where he left off prior to his injury. Before Harvey got hurt, he posted a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts during the 2013 season. Harvey has a blazing fastball, and the ability to strike out batters, which allows him to pitch deep into starts. The Mets opening day starter possesses ideal size for a starting pitcher, standing at 6’4 and 215 pounds. If Harvey can continue his dominance of batters, there is no doubt that he can contend for a Cy Young award this season.
After a slow start to the 2014 season, Wheeler rebounded quite nicely, finishing with 11 wins and posting a 3.54 ERA. Wheeler has above average velocity on his fastball, to go along with an elusive change-up. If the Smyrna Georgia product can prove that he can keep command of his fastball, than he will be in for a career year come 2015. The 24 year old has all the physical tools to become a dominant starter in the MLB.
Was there a more pleasant surprise in 2014 for the Mets than Jacob deGrom? In 22 starts, deGrom went 9-6, posting a 2.69 ERA, which was good enough to win him the NL Rookie of the Year award. Drafted in the 9th round during the 2010 MLB Draft, the DeLand native worked his way up to the majors, and hasn’t looked back since. A huge plus with deGrom is his ability to hit with the bat. In 46 Abs, he posed a .217 average with two RBIs, which is pretty impressive for a pitcher. If deGrom can replicate similar numbers to his rookie season, than there is a good chance the Mets will own one of the league’s best rotations.
After signing the 40 year old veteran to a two year contract, Bartolo Colon took to the mound for 31 starts for the Mets during the 2014 season. Colon was up and down throughout the season, posting a 15-13 record and a 4.09 ERA. Colon managed to stay healthy throughout the season, as he logged over 200 innings pitched for the first time since the 2005 season. If the Dominican Republic native can stay healthy in 2015, he will make for a solid fourth starter in a deep Mets rotation.
After getting the nod as the Opening Day starter for the Mets in 2014, Dillon Gee had a rather disappointing season, as he was often plagued by injuries. Gee finished off the season with a modest 7-8 record and an ERA of 4.00 in 22 starts. It is yet to be seen who the Mets will keep as their fifth starter, as there have been trade talks surrounding both Gee and Jonathon Niese; however, signs point toward Gee getting the nod. Gee is a very efficient pitcher, who relies on ground balls to get the majority of his outs. The Cleburne, Texas native doesn’t have the highest velocity, and will be a good “change of pace” pitcher within the Mets rotation.
We are still a few months away from the start of Spring Training, so Mets management still has plenty of time to make a decision regarding who their fifth starter will be. It was reported that in his final start of the season that Niese had some choice words for manager Terry Collins, and put himself before the team. If this is the case, then there is no doubt that the Mets should trade Niese before the start of Training Camp. Regardless of who the Mets fifth starter will be, they still have one of the deepest rotations in baseball. With an abundance of young talent and some veteran presence, the Mets rotation will carry them into contention for the NL East Title.