For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.
Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?
The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.
But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...