Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese have been very successful down the stretch

Posted: September 6, 2013 in Future Mets, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

 

The only three pitchers that are guaranteed rotation spots next spring, have pitched very strong for several months now. The trio of Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Zack Wheeler have been very successful in the second half, leading to increased optimism about their 2014 roles especially with the possibility of not having Matt Harvey. Dillon Gee has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since that Yankee series in the end of May.

Gee has a 2.40 ERA since may 25th and got the win Wednesday pitching seven strong innings in Atlanta. It seems as if he was just shaking off rust earlier this season from missing so much time last year. Gee started the season 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA and the speculation was that he would lose his rotation spot when Zack Wheeler was called up. It’s kind of ironic that Gee will wind up being the only Met starter to make at least 30 starts.

Jon Niese has been solid since coming off the disabled list about a month ago. His walks are up and his strikeouts are down from last season but he has really kicked it into gear in his last few starts, knocking his ERA down to 3.66. He’s probably not the ace of this staff going forward even without Harvey but as the only left hander on this staff, he is a critical piece going forward.

Zack Wheeler was walking the ballpark and tipping his pitches in his first two or three starts. That is no longer the case and he has been just as good as Matt Harvey was in his rookie season last year. Wheeler overall is 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 83 innings. Wheeler has about 28 innings left for his season so it is possible if not probable that he won’t be shut down at all this season.

Sandy Alderson need to add a few bats this winter but the 2014 Mets will only contend if these three pitchers do even better than they did this year. Add in a Rafael Montero and a Noah Syndergaard at some point mid-season and this team could really have a special starting rotation.

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Comments
  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. We are all waiting on Sandy Alderson to make the Mets relevant in 2014. The ball is in his court. Lets all hope that he scores big during the off season and Lets Go Mets! Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Time is running out on the 2013 season and their are still answers to fill at first short and the outfield. While the pitching is looking good, still plenty of bats need to be brought in for this team to contend next year

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