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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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DENVER, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 17: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

A full year of Marcus Stroman

When Marcus Stroman joined the Mets in the summer of 2019, he brought plenty of excitement. His attitude was the perfect blend of positive and brash. His mere presence helped give the rest of the players on the team hope they could contend.

While the results weren’t elite, he did pitch pretty well. His 11 starts with the Mets included a 4-2 record and 3.77 ERA. A number which flew under the radar, he struck out 9.1 batters per nine. As someone with a career average of 7.4 per nine, it was a pretty spectacular achievement albeit in a small sample.

Stroman is a solid starter for this rotation behind deGrom. He could just as easily slot in as the number two as someone like Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler. With the latter gone for good, it’s even better to have a pitcher like Stroman around for a full 162 game schedule.

More brilliance from Seth Lugo

Seth Lugo was brilliant again in 2019. This time, exclusively in relief, he helped carry the bullpen through an up and down year. In 80 relief innings, Lugo went 7-4 with a 2.70 ERA while fanning 11.7 batters per nine frames.

Next year, we may see Lugo in a slightly different role. He could leave the bullpen for good and join the starting rotation where he spent time each year prior to 2019. This depends on how some of the new faces perform. Although his numbers as a reliever have been much better, Lugo has also pitched well in his 31 big league starts.

I think all Mets fans are excited to see what Lugo can give the team in 2020. In whatever role it is, most should be convinced there’s another memorable season ahead out of his arm.

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