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Power Ranking the Mets Starting Pitchers After One Month

On any given night, any of the Mets starting pitchers can provide a special performance. But how do they stack up against each other?

Youthful and wildly effective, the New York Mets pitching rotation is amongst the most talented in baseball. New York’s sensational gathering of young starters guided the Mets to the 2015 National League Pennant in exciting fashion. That dominance has continued in the 2016 campaign. The Mets entered May 4th with the third best ERA from a starting rotation at 2.87. New York’s impressive assembly of starting pitching rolls five deep and will improve when Zack Wheeler returns around the All-Star break. On any given night, a Met pitcher can provide a special performance. But how do they stack up against each other?

Power Ranking the Mets Starting Pitchers After One Month

1. Noah Syndergaard

From Mansfield, Texas, this 23-year-old flamethrower has already embraced the New York spotlight. Syndergaard has maintained a 2.51 ERA through five starts behind an overpowering fastball and wipeout slider. “Thor” has the highest average fastball velocity in Major League Baseball – he’s throwing his heater at a whopping 98.2 MPH median. Off the field, Syndergaard has won over the New York faithful with his glowing adoption of the spotlight. The right hander was spotted rocking a Thor costume on the streets of New York City last weekend. Elite game on and off the diamond.

2. Jacob deGrom

The only thing holding deGrom from the top spot in the power rankings is his relatively small sample size. deGrom has expanded upon his prior magnificence with a jaw-dropping 1.02 ERA in three starts. deGrom is getting outs despite working with a lower velocity than that which he is accustomed. He is settling in between 92-94 MPH with regularity, despite his ability to throw 96, 97, and even 98 MPH last season. Jacob has missed some time due to a lat injury and the birth of his first child, Jaxon.

3. Steven Matz

The Long Island native has moved on from a shaky Spring and established himself as a big league force. Matz, a left-hander, possesses an ultra-competitive spirit that has propelled him to a 2.83 ERA and the team lead in wins (4). Matz is able to provide several quality looks to hitters. His secondary pitches elevate him from a solid starter to an ace in the making.

4. Bartolo Colon

Behind all the noise surrounding his lovably plump appearance, Bartolo Colon is actually one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball. Colon has an eye-popping 2.56 ERA in five starts, keeping the Mets in every game he pitches. Bartolo is the master of the fastball. He locates several types of heaters with pinpoint accuracy, making up for his below-average velocity. Colon serves as the bridge to Zack Wheeler – a role he has handled brilliantly – until the youngster fully returns from Tommy John surgery.

5. Matt Harvey

The Dark Knight has struggled mightily thus far, tallying a 4.76 ERA in his six starts. Harvey, the assumed ace of the staff, has had issues with command and secondary pitches. Harvey simply cannot hit his spots, or throw his curveball or slider for strikes right now. The team’s performance as a whole has overshadowed Harvey’s poor start, but the Mets will need the face of the franchise to return to form in the long run. The Dark Knight must rise, and quickly.

Sources:, @NYMGameday on Twitter

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