2020 hasn’t been kind to anyone, especially the New York Mets. The team has struggled with driving runs in, defense, base running, and, most of all, starting pitching.
Noah Syndergaard undergoing Tommy John surgery in March was just the start of the downfall. Later, Marcus Stroman hurt his calf and then decided to opt-out, which doomed the Mets even more. On top of that, starters Michael Wacha, Rick Porcello, and Steven Matz have all suffered heavily from inconsistency.
As of the middle of August, the only sure things from the rotation have been reigning Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom and rookie David Peterson.
Through the first quarter of the season, DeGrom has kept his ERA low at 2.45, while Peterson has also been at a sub 3.00 ERA as he is at 2.91.
Other than those two bright spots, the 2021 rotation is an unknown. Throughout the past couple of seasons, the Mets have parted ways with Anthony Kay, Justin Dunn, and Simeon Woods-Richardson, who all had the potential to make waves in the 2021 rotation. As of now, the Mets have no prospects that can realistically be apart of the 2021 rotation.
Because of previous trades, New York needs to build their rotation externally. Assuming ownership changes in 2021, the Mets should have a bit more cap space to work with.
Down below is what I think the rotation could be with a brief explanation surrounding the new players:
- Jacob DeGrom
Cy Young winner. MLB’s best pitcher. No further explanation.
2. Noah Syndergaard
Assuming Syndergaard’s rehab goes to plan, he should be ready by opening day in 2021. However, this would be Noah’s last year before he hits free agency.
3. Trevor Bauer
Signing someone like Bauer would be a huge splash to kick off this new era of the New York Mets. He’s a great personality and has been killing it in Cincy this year.
4. Robbie Ray
Ray is someone who will be cheaper than Bauer but can still provide quality starts. He is an innings eater and would be key to taking some stress off the bullpen.
5. David Peterson
Peterson’s lefty arm would be vital in rounding out the backend of this rotation. If he can keep up his dominant rookie season, he should have no trouble in Year two.