By Brian Cranston
Who would have thought that two years ago the Mets fan base would be clamoring for guys like Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn with starting pitching such as Syndergaard, DeGrom, Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler, but here we are.
Coming into this hopeful 2018 season, Mets fans are worried because the Mets are really depending on guys who had shaky 2017 seasons such as Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler. Harvey has had one healthy season since 2012. Steven Matz has never had a fully healthy season in the big leagues and Zack Wheeler has not had a fully healthy season since 2014. Now if you’re the Mets, you have no choice but to rely on guys such as Harvey and Matz. Those two guys helped the team reach the World Series two and a half years ago, (remember Matt Harvey begging to come out for the 9th in Game 5 in 2015) and they will simply be in the rotation if healthy in 2018 for the Mets. The guy who slides out of the rotation if the Mets do bring in a guy like Lance Lynn, which they should, is Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler missed the entire seasons of 2015 and 2016. Last season, Wheeler went on the disabled list numerous times, posting a 5.21 ERA in 86 1/3 innings. If the Mets really want to do what they are saying they are doing, which is trying to win a World Series, then they should sign Lance Lynn to complete and fortify that rotation.
Lance Lynn, which isn’t as big a name as the Yu Dravish’s or Jake Arrieta’s of this draft class, is a very solid and dependable pitcher and was for years in St. Louis. From 2012-2015, Lance Lynn had a 3.38 average ERA to go along with an average of 188 innings pitched per season. Those are great numbers over a four-year span. In 2016, Lynn missed the whole season due to Tommy John surgery, but bounced back great last season. Lynn posted a 3.43 ERA, a WHIP of 1.229, and still pitched 186.1 innings a year removed from Tommy John.
Lynn would really slide really nice into a rotation with Syndergaard and DeGrom, who are amongst the best one-two duos in the league, and Harvey and Matz, who have both shown flashes of dominance when healthy. I believe that five-man rotation for the Mets would drastically improve their chances to get back to get to the Postseason in 2018.
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