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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Zack Wheeler barely had a chance to pitch to opposing teams this spring. The 22-year-old was limited to just two innings against the Washington Nationals–walking one, with no hits, while striking out two–and was then briskly reassigned.
This wasn’t some callous, whimsical move, however. The New York Mets knew going into spring training that their top organizational prospect would not make the major-league team; unleashing him on the league in the hot Florida and Arizona sun was not in the cards.
Yet, even though Wheeler’s time with the club was brief, he made a lot of impressions with the regulars. Continue reading