A year ago the Mets new amazin’ pitching rotation appeared to be a battle to see who was going to be the last rookie standing. With veterans like Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and 2014 Rookie of the Year winner Jacob deGrom, only one spot was left. Zack Wheeler would have gotten the nod. Unfortunately, he was out after having undergone Tommy John surgery.
Steven Matz and Syndergaard reported to spring training in 2015 ready to pitch as if their lives depended on it. The kid known as Thor outshined Matz and was promoted in May. Despite a subpar performance, the Cubs beat the Mets 6-1, the Mets stuck with him.
After poor performances from Dillon Gee, the Mets made the decision to bring up Matz in June. The kid dominated against the Reds during his debut against the Reds: a 7-2 win and going 3-for-3 at the plate including four RBI’s.
Fast forward to the second half of the 2015 season and the rotation is among the filthiest in the league with two rookies rounding out the starting pitching. Hitters from opposing teams are being quoted as saying the Mets pitching is a force to be reckon with.
As the postseason approached, everyone knew the New York Mets from Flushing in New York City, was the team to beat, including Reds All-Star third baseman, Todd Frazier. He gave high praise to the young guns saying, “I remember watching the Braves back in the day but I can’t think of a team that had four guns that throw in the mid-to-high 90s with some nasty off-speed stuff.” In 2015, he said he was glad his team does not “have to face those guys 19 times a season”.
Former Mets killer and Atlanta Brave Killer, Chipper Jones, had this to say about the Mets last season:
True enough! Their stuff is what a hitter’s nightmare is made out of.
Harvey and deGrom already proved what they were capable of: high heat and killer movement. Syndergaard and Matz helped to complete a rotation aching for menacing power not seen since the days of Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden.
Imagine what the rotation will be when Wheeler is back. Power, fear, dominance and another weapon just waiting in the wings. Teams can gun for the Mets, but the Mets are the ones with big guns.