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Mets: Five reasons to get excited about the pitching staff in 2020

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 19: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at Oracle Park on July 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The New York Mets will once again rely heavily on their pitching to help them win in 2020. For these five reasons, fans can get excited to see it happen.

Is it too early to get excited about the 2020 New York Mets season? The 2019 team gave us plenty to cheer for. Up until the last week of the season, there was a puncher’s chance they would sneak into the postseason.

Once again, we should expect the pitching staff to play a major role in the team’s success or failure. In 2019, this was the case as it often is for the Metropolitans.

Unfortunately, many starting pitchers underperformed. Worse yet, the bullpen was disastrous for most of the season.

With that said there’s still reason for hope and get excited for the pitching staff in 2020. Ya Gotta Believe, right?

Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young defense, again

Jacob deGrom has won back-to-back Cy Young Awards and will go for the three-peat in 2020. At one point an overlooked member of the rotation early on in his career, deGrom has done plenty to put his name in the conversation as the best pitcher in baseball.

When he returns to action in 2020, he’ll do so with a pair of Cy Young Awards. It’s rare enough for a pitcher to win more than one. Even rarer are pitchers who take the honor in consecutive seasons.

deGrom has shown no signs of slowing down. His chances for a third consecutive award are actually pretty good considered Max Scherzer will be another year older and a little more beaten up. There’s always a chance someone else steps out of the mist and challenge deGrom for the National League honors. After all, there were plenty of great young pitchers in 2019 who just didn’t have the same year as our beloved Jake.

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