Starting Pitching Remains the Same
The phrase “barring injury” is a constant for the Mets every year. It’s never truer than when discussing the starting pitching staff. Barring injury, it’s one of the best in the game.
Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler are possibly the best trio of starters in any rotation. You could argue the threesome of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer with the Cleveland Indians is superior or even target a few other teams. Without question, the Mets still have one of the better one-two-three combos.
A starting rotation goes beyond a Cy Young winner, a guy everyone believes is a future winner of the award, and a guy who figured things out last year and is now pitching for a contract. It’s a five-man group.
Steven Matz is one of the better fourth starters in baseball. Though I’m personally not a fan of his work, I will acknowledge the possibility of vast improvement. He’s around enough talent to learn a thing or two and there are understandable excuses as to why he has struggled in the past.
Finally, there’s Jason Vargas. Vargas cannot possibly be as bad as he was in 2018, can he?
That’s the only argument I have for him in the column of positivity. Everything else is a hope and a prayer he plays better.
The Mets did add some depth to the organization this winter with an experienced arm like Hector Santiago and a lesser one in Kyle Dowdy. I’m hopeful there’s no day where the Mets use an opener out of necessity as they did with Jerry Blevins last year.
If the starting pitching can anchor this team, a division title is in their future.