Going into 2015, the New York Mets will be faced with a unique situation: The team will have far too many starting pitchers.
In addition to Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner returning from Tommy John surgery, the Mets will also sport at least two additional major league-ready pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. And if you’re a believer in Jacob deGrom as a starter, he would bump that number up to three.
With the likes of current rotation mates Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and, to a lesser extent, Jenrry Mejia, all under contract next season, the Mets will possess 10 very viable starting pitchers for just five rotation slots in 2015.
Assuming the Mets front office will look to improve the team’s collective park-adjusted 88 wRC+ for next season, dealing at least one of their starting pitchers only makes sense.
Below details the likelihood of each pitcher’s chances of locking up a 2015 rotation spot, getting relegated to bullpen duties or possibly being shipped elsewhere. Continue reading
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So far in 2013, it has been the Matt Harvey show. And for good reason. Harvey has posted an electric 2.04 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 5.10 K/BB over 97 innings, and is the sole reason for fans to watch an otherwise dismal team. Given the 24 year-old’s dominant four-pitch arsenal, impeccable work ethic, and unrelenting determination, it’s conceivable Matt Harvey will be the Mets’ ace for the better part of the next decade.
But as important as Harvey is to the Mets’ future, arguably Zack Wheeler is more so. Continue reading
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Through the first month of the season, the main attraction in Flushing has been Matt Harvey. Harvey has dazzled both Mets and baseball fans alike with a 1.54 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 3.90 K/BB. He’s even won 4 of his first 5 starts in 2013. But with each dominant game the 24 year-old ace spins, his future price tag only increases. And that’s why the Mets need to extend Harvey soon–if not next week.
Even though Harvey has yet to pitch a full season, there is still plenty of incentive for the Mets to extend their brightest homegrown pitcher since Dwight Gooden. In 15 career starts, Harvey has owned a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 3.03 K/BB–but he’s also been worth 3.4 WAR. Since 1.0 WAR is roughly equivalent to $5.5 million, Harvey has been worth around $18.7 million in just 88 1/3 innings.
But as great as Harvey has been so far, how much will he be worth in the future? Continue reading
For an organization that refuses to fully acknowledge that they’re in rebuilding mode, the New York Mets made a pretty indicative move by trading ace R.A. Dickey this past off-season. Dickey, who won the Cy Young award in 2012 behind a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 4.26 K/BB over 233 and 2/3 innings, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on December 17, 2012 for a package of top minor league prospects. But considering the next best Mets pitcher in 2012 was Jonathon Niese (3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 3.16 K/BB), Mets fans were rightfully worried how the team could possibly fill Dickey’s production void in 2013.
However, 3 starts into this season, it is evident that Matt Harvey will not only be the Mets ace in 2013, but also, for many years to come. Continue reading