Third baseman David Wright had some sage advice for teammates Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz on Thursday. He says that if the four of them can stay within themselves and pitch to their abilities, they each have a chance to steal the show and distinguish themselves as bonafide stars on the National stage like their counterparts Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
“This is how you become household names, is you have success in the postseason,” the Mets captain said. “You look at what they’ve done all year and you prove that you’re that type of guy, that’s how you become a household name. They certainly have the stuff, they certainly have the makeup, all the tools to do it.” (Newsday)
“They just need the stage,” Wright said. “And I think that they have that stage now, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these guys become household names shortly.”
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes also had some words of wisdom for our Four Horsemen and he also pulled no punches on Thursday, telling ESPN Deportes‘ Marly Rivera that he ranks his team’s starting pitching ahead of the Dodgers.
“I would say in quality, in just pure talent, our pitching is superior to theirs,” Cespedes said. “Whether things go well for us or not, that is another matter. But in terms of ability, our pitchers are so young, with great arms, a very good pitching staff. I think what they have to do is believe in themselves and get it into their heads that they can do this, and things will work out.”
As for Kershaw and Greinke, Cespedes said: “They are pitchers of great ability, but they still have to throw the ball. The strike zone does not get any bigger…they are pitchers, like any other pitcher. You have to do your job to the best of your ability. But, like them, we also have some great pitching.”
The above chart comes from Mark Simon of ESPN Stats and Info and it provides amazing evidence on just how evenly matched both pitching staffs are. So if you think the Dodgers have a significant advantage over the Mets in pitching because they have a couple Cy Young caliber studs… Think again. This is why you play the games.