Recently, the Mets have been on the decline, a combination of shaky offense with less than stellar pitching. Because of this decline, the Mets have made a series of changes to the roster. This includes the demotion of Josh Satin, banishment to the bullpen for Jenrry Mejia, the arrival of Wilmer Flores, and Jacob deGrom’s call up (not Gonzalez Germen’s fault). This has led the Mets to change the clubhouse to more of a youth movement, and the hope is that the youngsters can provide a nice energy. With all these changes, the rotation could be a little different than it is now.
1) Dillon Gee
As if there was any surprise to this. Gee has been amongst the best starting pitchers over the past year, and is showing zero signs of slowing down. Unless a crazy trade goes down, Gee will continue to be the underrated ace of the staff and a fan favorite.
2) Jon Niese
Another obvious one, Niese is currently one of the top pitchers in the National League. He is under a team-friendly contract through 2018, and his main competitor is still a while away (Steven Matz). Niese will be the rock of the staff until the day the season ends.
3) Zack Wheeler
While many are already having serious doubts on the talented righty, the critics should look at the extremely solid 3.15 FIP. This shows that theoretically he should be giving up at least a half-run less. If Wheeler goes on a crazy stretch mid-way through the season do not be surprised. Wheeler should solidify himself as one head of the three-headed monster that will be the Mets rotation.
Making his MLB debut on Wednesday, Montero is still a toss-up. In all likelihood his season will be bursting out of the gate, struggle in the middle, and finish strong. It’s hard to really say anything on him, as many have not seen him pitch in person or on television. All in all he should be pitching in the rotation by the all-star break.
What is there to say about the kid? He is an incredible talent with a quenching thirst for the big leagues. Bartolo Colon will not be starting in this spot either because of his poor pitching resulting in a release or he is traded to an American League contender. Syndergaard will spring up ready to take his spot. Many do not predict him to actually make an immediate impact, which is okay because he still holds a ton of talent.