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New York Mets: Building the greatest rotation in team history

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on June 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on June 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO – AUGUST 23: David Cone #17 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium on August 23, 1992 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ken Levine/Getty Images)

Battling for the Sixth-Man Award

David Cone – 1988

20-3, 2.22 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 213 K’s. Second in Cy Young voting to Orel Hershiser and his 59 consecutive inning scoreless streak that season.

The 1988 Mets squad also lost out to Cone’s nemesis, Hershiser, and the Dodgers in the NLCS, although Cone did close out the Mets’ victory in game three and tossed a complete game five-hitter in game six to force an elimination game after a sterling regular season.

Matt Harvey – 2013

9-5, 2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 191 K’s. After showing much promise in a brief 2012 stint, Harvey was the toast of the town in 2013.

He started the All-Star game in Citi Field for the National League and came in fourth in Cy Young voting despite not throwing 200 innings in 2013, as Harvey suffered a UCL tear in August missing the remainder of the season accordingly.

Bret Saberhagen – 1994

14-4, 2.74 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 11.00 K/BB. Saberhagen struck out 143 while only walking 13 batters in 1994.

He finished third in the Cy Young voting that season, but his (and everyone’s) season was cut short by the infamous, but ugly, 1994 player strike, limiting the quantity of innings Saberhagen would have needed to be a member of this staff.

Jon Matlack – 1974

13-15, 2.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 9.1 WAR for pitchers. A year removed from a World Series run, Matlack needed seven shutouts to earn just thirteen victories on the season.

Johan Santana – 2008

16-7, 2.53 ERA (led NL), 1.15 WHIP, and 234.1 innings pitched (also led NL), to go along with a 7.1 WAR for pitchers, Johan finished third in National League Cy Young voting in his first year with the Mets.

Pedro Martinez – 2005

15-8, 2.82 ERA, 0.95 WHIP (led NL), and a 7.0 WAR for pitchers. Almost classic HOF Pedro in his inaugural season with the Metropolitans.

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