Near the trade deadline, rumors of the Mets dealing away some of their top-tier starters were swirling around Flushing. And rightfully so considering the Mets weren't ticketed for the postseason.
Initially, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were of high interest, but the Mets eventually walked that back. They didn't, however, take Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz off the table. At the end of the day, no trade was ever struck and the rotation stayed how it was.
Pitching coach Dave Eiland was a happy camper.
Eiland realizes the potential that this rotation has just like the rest of the baseball world, which is why he is confident in saying it is championship caliber as long as it stays together.
"That is why Mickey and I were pounding the nail prior to the [trade] deadline not to get rid of any of them," Eiland told The Post's Mike Puma before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies. "We can win a championship with this rotation. It takes more than this rotation, but I will take this rotation in a five or seven-game series."
Eiland probaby isn't the only coach that would love to see these arms in their rotation come October. DeGrom is the top candidate for the Cy Young Award this season. Wheeler has a lower ERA than deGrom through the second half of the season. Syndergaard can dominate with his power stuff on any given night. And despite recent struggles, Matz is a quality three-four rotation man.
As Eiland said, though, there is a lot more to be done for the Mets to see this rotation in the postseason. But, given the Mets didn't make a deal for any of them, its apparent they believe the same thing.