When a season is in a tailspin like the one New York Mets and their fans are going through right now, we tend to look ahead to the offseason and beyond. While this team has many holes to fill and problems they need to address after this season, I want to focus on the starting rotation specifically.
The starting rotation has not lived up to the hype we all expected coming into this year. Everyone in the rotation has underperformed this season, with the only bright spot being all-star Kodai Senga. But Looking ahead to next season, will the rotation look a lot different, or will it be utterly similar to this year?
Next year's Mets rotation will look the same besides one young gun who should get the call-up.
When you start at the top of the rotation, future Hall of Famers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander will still be at the helm, trying to turn back the clock. Yes, I know they have been talked about in trade rumors for the upcoming trade deadline, but I don't believe they are going anywhere. Teams won't want to take on those big contracts, and the Mets won't get back the return they would like for these two.
Jose Quintana will make his season debut this week after being on the shelf with a rib injury. Quintana has been a solid pitcher throughout his career, and after signing a two-year deal with the team last offseason, he will be a good number four option for the rotation next season.
Kodai Senga has been the one star shining in this year's rotation. It looks like he is starting to figure out how to pitch in America, as he seems like he's getting better and better atto be every start. The only downside has been him having to pitch every six days instead of five, as he is still getting used to that part of the big leagues. So next season, we might see some plug-and-pitch guys extend the rotation once in a while until Senga can pitch every fifth day.
That leaves me with the fifth starter. Mets owner Steve Cohen won't have to spend big on any more starting pitchers for now, as they have one pitching prospect in the minors that should be ready by the start of next season. Mike Vasil is a name Mets fans have been hearing about for a while now. Vasil is the Mets' #8 overall prospect, according to MLB.com. Vasil had a 3.53 ERA last season in single-A ball, and this season has a 4.52 overall ERA in AA and AAA.
His fastball has improved and now sits between 93-95mph. He has a good curveball and split change that works well as his secondary pitches. While this year's ERA doesn't jump out at you, expect him to put up better numbers, and by the time spring training comes around, he should be competing for that fifth spot in the rotation.