DeGrom, Syndergaard, And Wheeler Leading the Pack in fWAR

Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler. Those three pitchers have something in common. And no, it’s not just that they are all pitchers, are right-handed, and play for the Mets.

The commonality is that they all rank in the top five in the National League in fWAR.

DeGrom is the leader of the bunch, and in the NL as a whole, with a 7.4 fWAR. Considering the fact he leads all of baseball with a 1.68 ERA, that is pretty unsurprising, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Syndergaard and Wheeler are tied for fifth on the list with a 3.8 fWAR. In between the three resides Max Scherzer (6.0), Patrick Corbin (5.7), and Aaron Nola (5.5).

At the beginning of the season, I think everyone would have expected Syndergaard to perform well, but injuries have derailed his season and allowed him to only make 20 starts this season. Nonetheless, he has performed admirably when healthy, with a team-leading 10 wins as compared to only three losses to go along with a 3.33 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 128 strikeouts in 121 2/3 innings pitched.

His last start affirmed his dominance as he tossed a complete game against the San Francisco Giants in which he allowed only one run, two hits, and one walk while striking out 11 batters.

Wheeler has been the biggest surprise in the rotation, by far, having been sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas at the beginning of the season. In 26 starts (160 1/3 innings pitched), the 28-year-old has a 9-7 record to go along with a 3.37 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 159 strikeouts.

What’s most impressive about that, though, is the fact that entered the month of June with a 5.40 ERA after nine starts. Since then, his ERA has dropped by over two whole runs, which is exceptional. In his 17 starts since that point, only five of them did not qualify as quality starts.

The three of them reaching this milestone is very impressive in a season that seems lost for the Mets. However, if these three can continue to pitch like this, they will provide hope for the organization for 2019 and potentially for years to come.

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I am a senior at SUNY Cortland majoring in Sport Management. I have been a big Mets fan since 2007 and David Wright has and always will be my favorite player. Follow me on Twitter @JoshFinkMets. LGM!