Opening Day is now just four days away, below is the New York Mets starting rotation for the beginning of the 2017 season.
2016 Stats: 14-9, 2.60 ERA, 218 K’s, 183 innings
Taking the bump on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves will be big righty Noah Syndergaard. This comes as no surprise as the man they call “Thor” is easily the best pitcher in this rotation, and one of the best in baseball. With Syndergaard’s outstanding arsenal, he is easily a favorite to win the NL Cy Young award this year.
2016 Stats: 7-8, 3.04 ERA, 143 K’s, 148 innings
The No.2 starter will be righty Jacob deGrom. deGrom is very quietly one of the better pitchers in the game today. He has been pitching beautifully this spring and should put forward another strong season in 2017. deGrom, like Syndergaard could be favorite to win the NL Cy Young as long as he stays healthy.
2016 Stats: 4-10, 4.86 ERA, 76 K’s, 92 innings
Matt Harvey will be the No.3 starter to begin the season. Harvey is still in the process of revamping his velocity. In his last spring start he was able to hit 97 MPH on the gun. If Harvey can regain his 2015 form, he could win NL Comeback Player of the Year.
After Harvey is where things get interesting…
2014 Stats: 11-11, 3.54 ERA, 187 K’s, 185 innings
Righty Zack Wheeler makes his return to the starting rotation to begin the 2017 season. With Steven Matz set to start the season on the disabled list, Wheeler jumped into a starting stop. Wheeler pitched well enough in the spring to earn the fourth spot in the rotation. He will be making his first start since 2014 against the Miami Marlins on April 8.
2016 Stats: 4-2, 2.42 ERA, 42 K’s, 44 innings
Lastly, Robert Gsellman beat out Seth Lugo for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. Gsellman pitched beautifully late last season filling in for the injured starters. He continued that success this spring as he only allowed 6 earned runs in 23 innings. The righty showed the Mets his success was true and that he is the real deal.