Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I did talk to a friend of mine before beginning to write yesterday’s first Morning Report since my return and I asked how things were going. He said the rotation was having some difficulties… lack of control by Matt Harvey… injuries by Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler… and a horrendous start by Steven Matz. Still, when I looked at the league stats, the team was ranked 4th out of 30 teams in the lowest ERA.
Noah Syndergaard – no one can question what is going on right here at this moment. Easily, one of the top five starters in 2016 baseball (the one downside of Syndergaard's game right now may be what looks like his inability to stop runners from running on him... there were five successful steals in the Reds game on Monday, but further study did show that catcher Travis d'Arnaud, not known for a great arm to start with, pulled himself out of the game in the 8th inning with soreness in his throwing arm).
Matt Harvey – yes, Harvey has had some problems, but, he showed some positive signs in his last outing and this is still The Dark Knight, right?
Jacob deGrom – two for two so far with a baby birth and muscle stain slotted between them… there’s no long term problem here.
Steven Matz – he’s pitched three times this year, once being served up to the home Gods (7-R, 37.80-ERA)… but, his two away starts are: 13.1-IP, 2-ER, 1.35). Everything’s okay here.
Bartolo Colon – Colon has pitched in four games this season, is 3rd in innings pitched, 3rd in strikeouts, and producing a 2.89-ERA. This is basic workhorse material.
Logan Verrett – Boy, you couldn’t ask more from a guy that no one wrote a lick about a year ago… he’s started two games in emergency situations, pitched in two more, given up only one run in 14 innings, and leads the team with the lowest ERA.
Zack Wheeler – Wheeler is still considered the heir apparent to the SP5 slot on this team, as well it should be. Let’s assume the Mets will stay with their current plan to shift Colon over to the pen with Verrett when Wheeler returns.
Sean Gilmartin – And what about this guy? He’s produced a 1.62-ERA in three starts down on the farm and there won’t even be any room for him to return to the Mets pen once Josh Edgin works himself back.
Major League baseball teams averaged 10 starters last season. So did the Mets. Having this much quality talent can only be a benefit to a team with limited offensive resources. Yes, the Mets bats did return recently, but it was the pitching that kept them in the games.
I assume Washington will cool off at some point this season. If they don’t, they’ll have to be beaten by the Mets. And those victories will come from this staff.