Jacob deGrom is coming off a Cy Young season. Noah Syndergaard returned from an injury-plagued 2017 with a strong 2018, and Zack Wheeler had the best season of his career.
But can Steven Matz show the Mets what he's capable of?
As he enters his fifth season, Matz hasn't been the pitcher he has shown he can be like he did when he debuted. In 2015, he had a 2.27 ERA in just six starts. He also had an eight-game stretch in 2016 when he had a 1.17 ERA.
But Matz missed the end of the 2016 season, then had a poor 2017 in which he had a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts.
The 27-year-old lefty made a career-high 30 starts last year, posting a 3.97 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
For the Mets to return to the postseason, chances are they are going to need Matz to be effective and reliable. Can he?