If the New York Mets are going to break through next season, they need their starting rotation to be consistently stellar.
On the surface, the Mets have one of the best starting rotations in Major League Baseball. Spearheaded by back-to-back National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman, first-year manager Luis Rojas has a potent pitching trio.
deGrom is arguably the best pitcher in baseball; Syndergaard is a strikeout machine; Stroman is one of the better ground-ball pitchers in the sport. Meanwhile, Steven Matz is a respectable, middle-of-the-rotation starter, and Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello, who the Mets signed to one-year deals this offseason, are seasoned veterans.
At the same time, all but one of the aforementioned hurlers is a given or consistently matches their peak production: deGrom.
When he’s on top of his game, Syndergaard is an ace-caliber pitcher. He throws an overpowering fastball, gets considerable movement on his off-speed pitches, and sports a career 3.31 ERA. On the other hand, Syndergaard is coming off a rough season — low-lighted by a 4.28 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, a 95 ERA+, and surrendering 24 home runs, which are…