Predicting New York Mets’ 2014 Starting Rotation
New York Mets: 2014 Rotation Predictions
Even with the loss of Matt Harvey, the New York Mets rotation should be a strength in 2014. The Mets' staff has a solid mix of established starters and young pitchers who have a lot of promise. In addition to the talent the Mets have at the major league level, they also solid depth in the minor leagues. While the Mets' offense appears problematic, their rotation gives fans something to hope for this season.
At the top of the rotation, the Mets have three valuable starters. Both Jonathan Niese and Dillon Gee are solid starters, and free agent acquisition Bartolo Colon should also provide the Mets with quality innings. While none of these pitchers are ideal number one starters, they all have the ability to have successful seasons.
With Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia, the back of the Mets' rotation is filled with upside. Wheeler was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball last year, and he has the potential to develop into a top of the rotation starter. While Mejia’s career has been stalled due to injuries, he is also very talented. Just a few years ago he was the team’s best prospect, and he dominated during a short stint with the Mets last year.
If the Mets happen to lose a starter due to an injury, they also have talented prospects ready to step up. Noah Syndergaardand Rafael Montero are excellent prospects, and they are almost major league ready. With all the talent the Mets have in their rotation, their starting staff will be solid. Here is a prediction of the Mets' starting rotation in 2014.
1. Jon Niese
While Niese struggled in 2013, he should rebound this year. He is only one season removed from a solid 2012 campaign, and he is just entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. There are some recent concerns about his health after he felt discomfort in his shoulder yesterday, but he will likely start for the Mets on opening day if he is healthy.
2. Bartolo Colon
Colon was outstanding in 2013 for the Oakland A’s. He won 18 games, and his ERA stood at an excellent 2.65. At 41 years old however, he is a risk to continue performing at a high level. The Mets are taking a gamble on Colon, but he could provide great value for the Mets if he can come close to his 2013 production.
3. Dillon Gee
After a brutal start to the season, Gee turned his season around with a brilliant 2nd half in 2013. In the 2nd half of the season, Gee owned a 2.74 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through 88 innings pitched. Gee should carry over the momentum he gained at the end of last year into 2014, and have another solid season.
4. Zack Wheeler
While Wheeler did not dominate in his rookie season, he did show a lot of potential. His fastball can reach the high 90s, and he also features has a nasty breaking pitch. He still has to work on his control, but the 23-year old right-hander is extremely talented.
5. Jenrry Mejia
Mejia will battle veteran starters Jon Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka for the 5th spot in the rotation, but he should be a lock to win the position. Mejia is still only 24-years old, and he was overpowering when he pitched last year. If he can remain healthy, he may be in line for a breakout season in 2014.