The starting pitchers are struggling, but they’ll continue to pitch
The Mets starting pitching has been nothing short of remarkably for the Mets in 2015, posting a combined 3.50 ERA which is the third-best mark in baseball.
But recently, the starters and in particular the younger group of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have all struggled to various degrees, to the point the a Mets will have skipped all three of them in the rotation at least once before the end of the regular season.
But Terry Collins said on Saturday afternoon it’s up to him and his staff to teach these three pitchers how to deal with the trials of the home stretch of a season during the month of September, and the only way to do that is to keep running them out when it’s their turn to pitch.
He said there are no more alternatives to give his starters breaks, either.
“We are going to to go with the guys who got us to the dance.” Collins said about his struggling starting pitchers.
David Wright believes their stuff is the key to eventually leading them out of their slump, and sooner rather than later.
“All you’ve got to do is look at their stuff,” Wright explained. “It doesn’t slump or struggle for too long.”
With that said, only deGrom has pitched in September, and only Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese have pitched complete seasons.
But Wright believes the team has managed the young starters well to get them to this point in the season.
“Some of these younger guys are getting to some unchartered territory as far as their innings go,” Wright said. “But I think the organization has done a nice job of giving them some extra rest, and keeping their pitch counts down. They haven’t gone over 100 pitches too much.”
Since August 20, the starters have combined for a 4.66 ERA.
The Mets can only hope that turns around, and soon.