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The Mets have used eight different starting pitchers in 2014. They have combined for a 3.62 ERA, which is slightly above average and good for seventh-best in the National League at the All-Star break.

Overall, the rotation has been good, not great. Their collective performance is commensurate with the names on the list. That said, I actually think they are capable of being better than what they've shown the first half of the season. I'm not sure how Noah Syndergaard fits in. But, if he does, and he does well, and if everyone stays healthy, look out, because these guys have the potential to be heavy rocks, just rolling through the first 6-7 innings of every game.


Here are random thoughts on the five guys expected to be in the rotation when the second half fires back up...



Bartolo Colon: I've been impressed with his arm and entertained by his bat. Yes, he's had his struggles, especially in Anaheim. However, he was incredible through late May and most of June. He's been exactly what the Mets hoped he would be when he signed their two-year, $20 million offer. That said, if the Mets struggle to jump over .500 by early August, I bet Colon is traded through waivers. Otherwise, I think he's here through at least July...


Jon Niese: He has pitched like a Cy Young candidate... when he's on the mound. The thing is, a) he's missed sporadic time, and b) the Mets don't score when he's on the mound, so no one in baseball is aware of how well he's been doing. He's an asset, especially as an affordable, young, left-handed starting pitcher with experience in this city, which is why I expect him to be talked about in trade rumors, but never actually moved...


Dillon Gee: He's underrated. He had let up three runs or less in six of his eight starts before missing roughly two months with a muscle strain. Before going on the DL, he had the fourth-best ERA since June, 2013, among pitchers with at least 175 innings. He started the year 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA. His one issue is hitting a wall around 90 pitches. But, those 90 are always incredibly consistent, even in his first start back from injury...


Zack Wheeler: I'm a bigger believer in him every time he goes out there, especially on nights he struggles. Why? Recently, he's showing an ability to adjust, not just start to start, but inning to inning. He's last three starts have been terrific. He's going to have his fair share of clunkers, that much is clear. However, if they're randomly tucked in to a mostly dominant portfolio then he can settle in to being a clear No. 2 to Matt Harvey's No. 1...


Jacob deGrom: As long as he keeps pitching the way he's been pitching, he should stay in the rotation for as long as he can. According to multiple reports, he can start every fifth day and still not reach his 185 team-imposed innings limit. He flirts with disaster, which makes me uneasy. But, he also strikes guys out and has strong defenders behind him. So, I should probably calm down and just enjoy the show...

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