The Mets 2014 opening day starting rotation will be among the best in baseball; this is due to the overwhelming young talent at the top with veteran experience in the middle. There will be no players selected outside of the organization for the rotation. The bullpen will be filled with young talented arms that the Mets have been stockpiling for years. In 2014 the Mets will finally have a pitching staff that one could look forward too, not on Harvey Day.
1: Matt Harvey
Who else? He was named the starter for the All-Star game and is already among the top five starting pitchers in the game. Harvey will continue to dominate the league and be named the opening day starter- barring any injury.
Many would say that Zack Wheeler would automatically get the nod to be 1B in the rotation, but Niese is the veteran of the staff coupled with the highest salary of any pitcher on the Mets. There is no question that mid-season Wheeler could success Niese to be behind Harvey, but on opening day Niese will be the number two starter.
3: Zack Wheeler
Wheeler has already secured a spot on the Mets 2014 rotation and will be competing for the number two spot from the first day of spring training. He will most likely slide behind Harvey by the all-star break, but in order to accomplish the 2 spot he needs to effectively retire hitters on a consistent basis the rest of the 2013 season.
4: Dillon Gee
This is where much of the controversy begins about who will be favored with a spot in the rotation. With the incredible resurgence of Gee he will be chosen to stay in the rotation. While many would say that he isn’t consistent enough, he has the second most innings and second best qualifying ERA on the team behind Harvey. Since his incredible gem against the, Yankees, he has an ERA of 2.53 and has limited his homeruns. After an atrocious start to the season, his long road back from his surgery has paid off and has been the second most reliable starter on the Mets behind Harvey.
5: Jenrry Mejia
Mejia has been reborn in the eyes of Mets fans and officials. In his first two starts and has shown that he is still very relevant, even with the emergence of Harvey and Wheeler. This choice can be somewhat controversial, but it is more likely that 27-year old Jeremy Hefner is moved to make room for the 23-year old Mejia.
Departures: Jeremy Hefner
Hefner has been a quality arm regardless of his recent struggles but the Mets probably want to go younger. He will most likely be traded to a team with a big ballpark and in need of a number three to five starter for a quality offense prospect.
Closer: Bobby Parnell
There is little doubt that he will continue to be the closer for the Metropolitans next season. Some believe he is inconsistent but that is crazy because not even the great Mariano Rivera had a perfect season, and he’s the best ever.
Lefty Specialist: Josh Edgin
When he came up at the end of 2012, many people believed he was the Mets future lefty specialist and after a trip to Las Vegas, he has become just that, there is no doubt he has earned that title.
2nd Lefty Specialist: Pedro Feliciano
This can be debated, but with his recent success and return he might want to give it one last full season. The Mets front office will always have a soft spot for the longest tenured Met, so Alderson will more than likely give him a final one year contract.
Middle Relief Pitcher: Jeurys Familia
Familia was cut short due to injury of what could have been a solid season in relief. As a top prospect, he will be given another chance to prove himself as a solid middle reliever.
Long Relief Pitcher: Gonzalez Germen
Germen was a starter in the minor leagues and has shown that he is very efficient in the long-relief role. He does have a slight problem with his walk rate, but he rarely allows any hits. With his proven major league effectiveness, he will be given a spot on the Mets 2014 bullpen.
Set-up Man: LaTroy Hawkins
Hawkins may not be the answer for set-up man next season, but he is more than likely to receive a one-year contract from a team, so why not the Mets? He has been extremely reliable in the relief role this season and a veteran presence never hurts.
Wild Card last slot: ?????
This spot can be filled by anyone; a veteran, a prospect, a reliever in a trade. The Mets will look to spend money in the field, but Alderson will need to find another member for bullpen help.
These veterans will find a home somewhere else, or the Mets might use them to fill their final spot in the bullpen.
Ever since Yadier Molina’s homerun in 2006 against the Mets, they have been in somewhat of a rebuilding mode. But finally in 2014, it will be a season that will be worth watching including homegrown talent in starting pitching, and in the bullpen.