As we all know, the pitching rotation for 2014 is pretty much set and there is a great line of pitchers that will be coming up. So lets take a look at who could be the best options for the 2015 rotation (let it be known that I don’t believe Bartolo Colon will be here past July 31st 2014);
With Harvey sidelined for all of 2014, it can be disappointing to think about not seeing him for a whole season. However, when 2015 rolls around he will be guaranteed a spot and will hopefully continue to dominate. If he comes back in September for a cameo consisting of 1-4 starts, it will be the first true test of whether he will become the next Mets legend.
When Wheeler takes the mound against the Nationals in the first series of the season, I hope that something happens so he will have the opportunity to face Stephen Strasburg. The reason behind this is because while the Mets fans chanted “Harvey’s Better” in 2013, all signs point to the possibility of Wheeler being better as well. If Wheeler continues show flashes of dominance on a more consistent basis, then there is no question he will represent the second half of the deadliest one-two punch in baseball. My favorite part about the guy is that he can dominate the Braves.
Even though Syndergaard got off on the wrong foot to begin his Mets career with some questionable tweets, he put all that on the backburner with a dominant season coupled with a sincere apology. When Syndergaard makes his debut this year, he hopefully will continue his run as a 21-year old to further stabilize an excellent rotation.
With Steve Matz a little far away, Niese under contract, and a predictable well-above season on the mound, Niese appears to the lefty of the future here in Queens- at least for 2014 and 15.
Gee is literally everthing that the Mets have been trying to prove for the past couple of seasons; a pitcher that doesn’t need to throw gas to be effective. The man has done just that and when it seemed that he would be kicked out of the rotation, he hit a switched in his head. Gee had a stretch of 149.1 innings where he pitched to an ERA of 2.71, only allowed more than four runs twice, and only failed to surpass six innings only once. With the lack of soft tossers in the system, he could be in here for the long haul and should be available for 2015.
As anyone can see, there are already five pitchers on this list, making two pitchers trade candidates; Montero, Gee, and Mejia. Technically Montero has the edge because of his appearance in the top 100 prospects and the fact that the Mets value him.
Mejia seems to be the biggest wildcard of this bunch, mostly because this might be his only chance to shine in the rotation with the talent in the wings. If Mejia has a dominant performance before hitting his inevitable innings limit, there could a different person on the move next offseason.
With all these pitchers, there appears to a marvelous problem on the Mets front office’s hands. Obviously there are some dark horse candidates such as Jacob deGrom, Cory Mazzoni, and Logan Verrett. The rest of the NL East better watch out for these tough pitchers- as well as the rest of the MLB for some trade candidates.