The Mets have been heralded for their stockpile of young pitching for several years, and now they all finally are in the majors and have led them to the World Series. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are all 27 or younger. Here's a closer look at each of the Mets' four young stud pitchers.
Coming off Tommy John surgery in October 2013, Matt Harvey picked up where he left off. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA, 1.019 WHIP and 188 strikeouts in a career-high 189.1 innings in the regular season. Those innings were a topic of debate between the Mets and agent Scott Boras because, according to the Mets ace, Dr. James Andrews gave him a limit of 180 innings. Harvey, 26, has been a fan favorite since making his debut on July 26, 2012, but his innings limit isn't the first time he caused drama. Harvey has received plenty of criticism for his 2013 appearance on ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and attending Rangers games while the Mets were in season. The New London, Connecticut, native nicknamed "The Dark Knight of Gotham" is eligible for arbitration this offseason and can become a free agent after the 2018 season. Will the Mets lock him up in a big-money deal or trade him for other pieces?
The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year has been nothing short of phenomenal in his two seasons with the Mets. DeGrom, 27, earned his first All-Star appearance in 2015 as he went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 191 innings. The righthander has been lights out in the playoffs as well, going 3-0 so far. DeGrom, who’s known for his long hair, made his big-league debut in the middle of the 2014 Subway Series and pitched admirably. He gave up one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings but took the loss. The Florida native should be in Queens for the foreseeable future -- he's not eligible for arbitration until after the 2018 season and can become a free agent after the 2021 season.
The Mets look like they're on the right side of the R.A. Dickey trade now. Shortly after Dickey won the 2012 NL Cy Young Award, the Mets traded the knuckleballer to Toronto for prospects Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud. Now, they're both on the team's World Series roster. Syndergaard, 22, made his debut on May 12 and took the loss against the Cubs, but he managed to get his revenge in the postseason. As a rookie, Syndergaard went 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.047 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 150 innings. The 6-6 righty goes by "Thor" for his resemblance to the Marvel character.
Long Island's own Steven Matz began the season in Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51s. But on June 28, the former Ward Melville High School standout made his major-league debut. And, wow, did he deliver. Not only did he allow just two runs on five hits through 7 2/3 innings in a win over the Reds, but also he became the first pitcher on record to have three hits and four RBIs in his debut (and only the 11th player ever to do so). Though his season was interrupted by a partially torn lat muscle, the lefthander went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA, 1.234 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings in the regular season.