The New York Mets now have three stud pitchers healthy and dominating in what has been one of baseball’s best rotations since the All-Star break.
Jacob deGrom (front-runner for NL Cy Young), Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler have pitched liked three aces atop the Mets staff giving them three of the top six National League starters ranked by fWAR.
Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland told Mike Puma of the New York Post that it’s one of the best staffs he’s ever had, “We have deeper starting pitching here than I had with either one of those World Series winning clubs. As far as starting pitching goes we are in good shape. I just hope we do some other things to build around it.”
Since the All-Star break the Mets starting staff has a 3.32 ERA which ranks fifth in the majors during that span. Their 3.02 FIP during that time actually leads the majors, as does their 7.2 fWAR. They lead the majors with a 4.66 K/BB since the break too.
Eiland believes the Mets have what it takes to win with the starters, “With this kind of starting pitching you can win a championship. I will put our rotation up against any in baseball in a five-game or seven-game series. It takes more than just that to win, but that part of it is in place. Now it’s just the rest of it and I’ll let somebody else talk to that.”
Even Jason Vargas has found success recently with a 3.12 ERA over his last five starts after a miserable start to his return to the Mets. And while Steven Matz has a 6.61 ERA in the second half, if you look deeper you find that his strikeouts are up and walks down with a strong 4.88 K/BB in those 32.2 innings.
Overall in 2018, the Mets starting staff has posted a 3.77 ERA ranking them ninth in the majors and a 3.40 FIP that ranks fourth. Both numbers are a vast improvement from the 5.14 ERA and 4.60 FIP Mets starters posted in 2017.
Eiland wants to see the starters finish off strong, “I don’t want them to take their foot off the gas pedal. I want their foot all the way down on the gas pedal until the final out is made the last game in September.”