There’s a distinct difference between depth and potential when it comes to the Mets’ rotation. There’s a lot to like about their potential, but you should be careful not to equate the names with depth.
Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz give you nine names, but also nine questions.
Harvey: How will he respond from elbow surgery?
Colon: He’s 41 and the Mets are trying to trade him. If they do, will anybody give them the 200 innings he gave the Mets last year?
Wheeler: Will he improve his command and thereby increase his innings?
deGrom: Can he encore his Rookie of the Year season?
Gee: Will he be gone by Opening Day?
Niese: Will he live up to his expectations and stay healthy?
Montero: Can he improve what has been keeping him back, which is his control?
Syndergaard: Can you count on anybody who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues?
Matz: Can you count on anybody who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues?
Sure, the best-case scenario is to have all these answered in the positive, but that rarely happens. Hopefully, these issues can be resolved and the Mets can count on these guys to be moved in the depth category.
I asked nine questions about potential Mets’ starters for 2015. Let me ask one more: Who among you haven’t wondered the same?