With Starting Rotation Talent, Hope is Not Yet Lost

The 2015 New York Mets season has been an interesting up and down roller coaster of a season. The Mets started off the season as red hot as any team in baseball with a record of 13-3, but themselves in contention for a playoff spot early on. This resulted in the Mets franchise record of 11 consecutive wins and their first ever 10-0 home stand.

However, since that 11 game winning streak in mid-April, the Mets have amassed a record of 27-34 and have not played anywhere near like the team we saw at the beginning of the season. One big positive and negative about the Mets this season is that they have played very well at home this year with a record of 29-11, but they have been terrible on the road with a record of 11-26.

The Mets have a current record of 40-37 and are in second place in the National League East, sitting right behind the Washington Nationals.

The time for panicking should not be now if you’re a Mets fan. Despite the lack of offense, the injuries, the bad record on the road and the Manager Terry Collins being on the hot seat, there is one thing the Mets can be thankful to have, and that is arguably the best pitching rotation in baseball.

Matt Harvey: The leader of the Mets pitching rotation is their ace Matt Harvey who is coming off Tommy John Surgery from last season. Harvey (The Dark Knight) has had a pretty decent season with a 3.08 ERA, 96 strikeouts and a record of 7 -5.

Jacob deGrom: Right behind Harvey is the Mets other ace and arguably the best pitcher on the Mets this year Jacob deGrom. DeGrom has been solid this year with a 2.15 ERA, 100 strikeouts and a record of 8-5.

Bartolo Colon: The third starter is the most experienced pitcher in the rotation the veteran Bartolo Colon. Colon has done well this season with his 9 wins and his experience brings a lot to the New York Mets starting rotation.

Noah Syndergaard: Noah Syndergaard (Thor) began the 2015 season in Las Vegas pitching with a 3 – 0 record and 1.82 ERA. He was called up to the Majors in May against the Chicago Cubs and has been pretty solid during his first couple of months in the Majors with a record of 3-4 and a 3.59 ERA.

Jonathan Niese: The only questionable part of the rotation has been the performance of lefty Jonathan Niese who has a record of 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA, he has pitched better in his recent starts but questions have speculated whether there is enough room for his inconsistency in the Mets rotation.

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The Mets have also just called up their other lefty from Las Vegas Steven Matz. Matz began the season in Vegas with a 7 -4 record and a 2.19 ERA. He was called up on June 28 in a Sunday afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Matz had himself quite a debut going 3-3 at the plate and getting 4 RBI’s, breaking the Mets franchise record for RBI’s in his major league debut and setting an MLB record for most RBI’s by a pitcher in their debut. Not to mention Matz also pitched very well in his debut going 7 innings only 2 earned runs and 6 strikeouts. It was quite a memorable debut for Steven Matz.

This is exactly why the Mets can’t throw away this season, because with this pitching rotation being their strength, they have a chance to really show their fans something going forward. The weakness is their offense who has not provided very well throughout the past month.

With the trade deadline coming up in July if the Mets can get another bat and add it to this lineup along with their pitching rotation it is not crazy to say the Mets could be a playoff team in 2015 and show their fans that they are doing what it takes to win now.


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