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Ranking the 10 best pitchers in the National League East

Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and
Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The National League East is loaded with some of the best pitching talent in baseball. The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves sit in the top six in all of baseball in ERA while the Phillies sit in tenth. Even the fourth place Marlins who are 17 games under .500 sit in the upper half of the league in team ERA.

The pitching in this division is so good, established starters like Charlie Morton, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker don't sniff the top ten. Pablo Lopez, a really good young pitcher doesn't crack the top ten.

The ten best pitchers in the division were hard to decide on because of how talented this division is.

10) Best pitchers in the NL East: Spencer Strider

Yes, it's early. No, I don't care. Spencer Strider is already turning into an elite arm which is frightening for Mets fans. I do get that the Mets have fared well against him, but pretty much the entire rest of the league has not.

Strider has some of the best stuff in baseball. He averages 98.2 mph on his fastball and can hit triple digits. That puts him in the 97th percentile in fastball velocity according to baseball savant. Strider also has a wipeout slider to go with this fastball that has a 52.8% whiff rate.

Strider began the season as a reliever, but since he moved to the rotation he's been dominant and the Braves have taken off as well.

As a starter, Strider has gone 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 starts. He has an impressive 1.022 WHIP and an absurd 13.4 K/9. Jacob deGrom last season when it felt like he was striking everybody out had a 14.3 K/9. What Strider is doing is extraordinary.

Eventually the Braves will need Strider to go deeper into games but as the years go on and once his changeup improves I'm sure that will happen. The 22 year old is just getting started and it's frightening for Mets fans.

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