By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on May 1, 2014
The biggest strength of the New York Mets during the month of April was the team’s starting rotation. The rotation has stayed healthy and stayed intact the entire month of April, and all five members have performed well. But who has stood out as the team’s ace and who still has room for improvement? Here’s a ranking of the Mets’ five starting pitchers through April.
Wheeler’s most recent outing was his best, and he’s gone at least six innings in all but one of his starts. However, he’s been hittable, and he hasn’t always been able to work his way out of trouble without giving up a few runs. He has the talent to be the team’s ace this year, but through the first month of the season, he’s been the closest thing they have to a weak link.
Colon had one disastrous outing in Anaheim, but outside of that one start, he’s given the Mets a chance to win every time out. The fact that he’s been the team’s fourth-best starter through the first month of the season says more about the guys ahead of him, because he’s been exactly the pitcher the Mets wanted in all but one start.
Outside of his last start against the Miami Marlins, Mejia was close to brilliant for the entire month of April. He’s allowed one run or less in three of his first five starts, and has made both the Braves and Cardinals, a pair of division-winners from last season, look foolish. For how long he can keep it up remains a question mark, but a month into the season, Mejia has been one of the Mets’ best starters.
Gee has proven that he was indeed the right choice to be the team’s Opening Day starter. At times, he’s struggled when he’s asked to go too deep in games, but he’s pitched 21 innings and allowed two runs in his last three starts. For the season, he’s allowed 42 base runners in 40 innings. He’s not the prototypical ace, but he’s pitched like one during the first month of the season.
For a pitcher who had two MRIs during Spring Training and threw so little during the exhibition season, Niese has had a phenomenal April. Niese has gone deep into games and has allowed two or less runs in four of his five starts this season. Not only does he look healthy after a couple of scares this spring, but he’s also pitching the best he ever has. Right now, he’s the leader of the Mets’ rotation.
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