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Starting Five: Ranking the best pitchers in New York

The Mets' pitching may be the talk of the town, but the staff over in the Bronx hasn't been too shabby, either. What if both of the rotations could be combined? amNewYork decided to put together an All-New York starting rotation.

Masahiro Tanaka He may not have the most explosive arm on this list, but his splitter is definitely the best pitch in New York.

For a $155 million player, Tanaka also seems to be underrated and overshadowed in this town -- many people forget that he was on pace to win American League Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the Year before getting injured last year.

His elbow may be a concern moving forward, but he's gone 17-6 with a 2.71 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 172.2 innings since coming to the majors after being a star in Japan.

Jacob deGrom He may have been the least heralded of the Mets' top pitching prospects, but deGrom has done nothing but perform since getting called up last May.

Although many wondered if his 2014 season, which earned him National League Rookie of the Year honors, could be replicated, deGrom has been the Mets' best pitcher this season, leading the team with a 2.42 ERA.

Matt HarveyIt's safe to say that Harvey is the biggest star in New York baseball, but his production hasn't been there in 2015, as he now carries a hefty 3.62 ERA. Although everyone wants the "Dark Knight" to save Gotham, the reality is that he's a lifetime 18-14 pitcher and has already undergone one Tommy John surgery -- another could end his career.

Harvey has both the demeanor and talent to be a true superstar, but for now he's the No. 3 starter on this staff.

Michael Pineda When he isn't on the disabled list or messing around with pine tar, Pineda is fantastic. After being labeled a bust, Pineda pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 2014 and leads the Yanks in wins (7), ERA (3.33) and strikeouts (76).

Noah Syndergaard There's no question that Syndergaard's "stuff" is the best on this list. His average fastball velocity (96.8 mph) leads all starting pitchers in baseball, and his curveball has a sharp, late break. The 22-year-old may have the highest ceiling of any pitcher in New York -- it's just a matter of him putting it all together for the Mets.

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