Published on January 8th, 2015 | by Josh Chapdelaine1
Projected 2015 New York Mets starting rotation and statistics
The New York Mets’ biggest strength is projected to be their starting rotation. The following players are projected to comprise the club’s rotation out of spring training. All statistical projections are courtesy of Steamer.
1. RHP Matt Harvey — 27 GS, 3.13 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 2.6 BB/9
Matt Harvey is scheduled to begin his season on April 13 for the Mets’ home opener. The dominant right-hander is coming off of Tommy John surgery and will have his workload limited during the regular season in preparation for the team’s playoff hopes.
2. RHP Jacob deGrom –29 GS, 3.93 ERA, 8.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9
The 2014 National League Rookie of the Year will begin his season with the big league club for the first time. Steamer projects significant regression during deGrom’s sophomore campaign, with his strikeouts and walks both moving in the wrong direction. The phenom averaged 93.5 mph with his fastball in 2014.
3. RHP Zack Wheeler — 27 GS, 3.90 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 3.7 BB/9
Wheeler improved his control in 2014 as his walks-per-nine dipped under 4. In order for Wheeler to continue the progress he made, control will be of the utmost importance. His potential remains sky high with a lethal mix of a 95 mph fastball that is complimented by an 88 mph slider.
4. LHP Jon Niese* — 30 GS, 4.09 ERA, 6.5 K/9, 2.5 BB/9
Niese is the club’s longest tenured pitcher and remains a crucial part of the rotation as the team’s only left-hander. The veteran has made 30 starts only twice in his career, but is typically a reliable performer when healthy. Niese lost 1.5 mph off his fastball in 2014, a trend he will hope to reverse going into his age 28 season.
The 41-year-old Colon continues to defy age as he enters his 18th major league season. Steamer sees Colon continuing a trend of average results as a result of impeccable command. He is prone to the big inning, but remains largely effective.
Gee’s name has come up most frequently in the team’s trade talks, but he has yet to be moved. There has been discussion a starter could end up in the bullpen, but Sandy Alderson expects to trade a starting pitcher before spring.
*Players with an asterisk have been involved in trade rumors.
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