The New York Mets have been waiting years for the so-called “Five Aces” to pitch in the same rotation, and they finally finished that goal on Wednesday night when Zack Wheeler dominated the Miami Marlins.
It started on Saturday when Steven Matz didn’t allow an an earned run and struck out eight against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Matt Harvey struggled on Sunday though the offense and bullpen bailed him out in extras. Noah Syndergaard allowed only one earned run on Monday against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom had his struggles on Tuesday, but again the offense came through late.
The first time through the rotation for the Aces, the Mets went 5-0 with all the wins coming against National League East foes. They had a 3.10 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and held opponents to a .234 average over 29 innings.
Of course, the most important thing is all of these guys are healthy (minus minor blister issue for Syndergaard) and they should see another turn through the rotation as Jason Vargas is still likely to pitch in a minor league rehab game before he’s ready. Vargas is expected to throw in a simulated game today.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco talked about the Five Aces on Wednesday, “I think it means maybe more to our fans and media than even to us. It’s interesting. We put this group of young, talented pitchers together and at one point I did say it’d be nice to see all these guys in the rotation. It’s a pretty neat thing to see all of them line up in a row.”