Mets Report Card: Grading the pitching staff as it currently stands

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 11: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have added some new faces to the pitching staff for 2020. What grades do the rotation and bullpen deserve?

Brodie Van Wagenen has made some promising moves to improve the New York Mets pitching staff this offseason. The biggest one so far has been the signing of former New York Yankees arm and four-time All-Star reliever Dellin Betances.

Brodie also brought in Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha on one-year deals and resigned reliever Brad Brach for another season. If there is one thing that’s clear after these signings, it’s that the Mets want to win now.

The starting pitching staff is loaded with talent and the bullpen has been addressed. Suddenly, the bullpen has shaped up to be respectable and the starting rotation has the potential to be dangerous heading into the 2020 season.

If Brodie makes no more moves this offseason, what grade would the Mets pitching staff receive?

Starting Rotation

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will lead the Mets starting rotation in 2020 and look to make it a threepeat. Once again, deGrom showed us that he is the best pitcher in New York (sorry Gerrit Cole) and in all of baseball.

Behind him sits “Thor”, Noah Syndergaard, who pitched to a 4.28 ERA last year but has some of the most wicked stuff in the league. These two guys are a very good one-two punch that you’d feel confident sending out to open a series.

Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz will need to be consistently good if the Mets want to compete. Matz’s history of injuries seems to be a thing of the past considering he’s pitched consecutive seasons without major injury. But from what we’ve seen, when Matz is healthy, he can be very good.

Stroman showed glimpses of what he could do once he arrived in New York, but he left Mets fans with something to desire. The departure of Zack Wheeler to Philadelphia required the Mets front office to bring in new pieces to fill the void.

The Rick Porcello signing has tremendous upside and he can very easily repeat the season that he had in 2018 when he won 17 ball games. Michael Wacha is a bit more unpredictable because he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2017.

It would not be surprising to see Wacha shift to the bullpen and be a long relief pitcher with the ability to make spot starts for any injured starters, but he can be a solid arm out of the bullpen or at the back end of the rotation. The Mets starting rotation has the potential to be extremely good, but it needs to consistently pitch to its full potential.

Rotation Grade: A

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