3 reasons to have faith in the Mets rotation, and 3 reasons not to

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The starting pitching for the New York Mets poses a different preseason outlook in 2024 than it has in recent years. The Mets don't have a future Hall of Fame pitcher in their current rotation, and there are still some unresolved questions with this part of the roster.

Having said that, the Mets rotation can be one of the reasons the team overachieves this season. But there are drawbacks to the starting pitching as currently constructed.

The Mets have a really good top two in the rotation in Kodai Senga and Jose Quintana.

Kodai Senga and Jose Quintana present a stable top of the rotation. For all of the turnover from the Hall of Famers to the younger pitchers hoping to make a name for themselves entering this spring training, the steady presence of Senga and Quintana gave fans reasons for hope.

Kodai Senga is coming off an excellent rookie season, where he finished seventh in the National League Cy Young balloting and second in the Rookie of the Year balloting thanks to the forkball that made life miserable for the opposition. In 2023, he was, objectively, one of the 15 best starting pitchers in baseball, and unless batters learn how to lay off the forkball, 2024 will be as good for Senga.

Jose Quintana gave the Mets quality in the second half after missing the entire first half due to injury. In each of his first 11 starts, he pitched at least five innings, and only once did he give up more than three runs (he gave up five against the Braves in a start in August). That consistency will be a big boost for a team that had pitching issues last season.