The Mets have a solid pitching staff. Multiple guys in the Mets’ pitching rotation can be used as the ace. Choosing a rotation can be tough for newly hired manager Carlos Beltran given the amount of starting pitchers they have. The club added pitchers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha prior to the 2020 regular season as well. Here is a look at a potential pitching rotation for the New York Mets in 2020.
1.) Jacob deGrom
Back-to-back Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for years. Since his MLB career started in 2014, the highest ERA he’s had in a single season was 3.53. Some starters would be happy to have that ERA every season. His career ERA is 2.62 after the 2019 season. Continuing to dominate in 2020 could really provide the Mets with some help towards a Postseason run. He only pitched in the playoffs in 2015 when they lost to the Royals in the World Series. His Postseason ERA is even solid at 2.88.
2.) Noah Syndergaard
In 2019, Noah Syndergaard‘s ERA hit a career high at 4.28. Even still, this only brought the 27-year-olds career ERA to 3.31 after five MLB seasons. HIs WHIP was still below the league average at 1.234. Just because he didn’t have an elite year in 2019 doesn’t mean he can’t bounce back and be one of the best potential two starters in all of baseball. It could be interesting to see if Syndergaard gets off to a hot start in 2020 to help this talented Mets pitching staff.
3.) Marcus Stroman
In his first season with the Mets, Marcus Stroman started 11 games and finished with a 3.77 ERA with them as he pitched part of the season for the Blue Jays as well. Being that he grew up in New York, he could be comfortable pitching in his home state, which can help lead to some notable pitching performances. If Stroman stays in the third spot to start the season, he could pitch the last game of their opening series. It is scheduled to be at home against the Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series winners.
4.) Rick Porcello
Rick Porcello is now a New York Met after pitching the past five seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Porcello had possibly his worst big league season in 2019 when he finished the year with a career high 5.52 ERA. Through 174 1/3 innings pitched, he gave up 31 long balls as well as 107 earned runs.
A new team and division could be helpful in getting Porcello back on track. He has the potential to bounce back as he won the 2016 AL Cy Young award.
5.) Michael Wacha
After seven big league seasons with the Cardinals, Michael Wacha is now a New York Met. His career ERA is an impressive 3.91 along with a 1.325 WHIP. He also has some Postseason experience. Wacha was the MVP of the 2013 NLCS against the Dodgers, which was his rookie season. In that series, he pitched in two games where he gave up no runs in 13 2/3 innings. There’s definitely a chance that Wacha could start in the four spot in the rotation to start the season.
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