Poll: Who should be the Mets’ Opening Day starter?
The Mets do not plan on adding another top- or even middle-tier starter before Opening Day, so it’s worth asking the question now: who should start on March 31?
The candidates, in alphabetical order:
Bartolo Colon: No Mets pitcher enjoyed a better 2013 season than Colon, who ranked second in the American League in ERA while with the A’s. He’s the oldest, most established pitcher on this list, but he is new to the team and the clubhouse.
Dillon Gee: Consistency matters, and Gee had plenty of it in 2013. After a rocky first two months of the season, he went on a 22-start tear that included 15 quality starts and saw him give up more than four runs in an outing just twice. The run ended his season, dropping his ERA from 6.34 to 3.62.
Jon Niese: The Mets’ Opening Day starter in 2013, Niese pitched through injury for most of the first half before bouncing back closer to his previous levels. He is the homegrown veteran of the staff, having established himself before Dillon Gee, and is the only member of the rotation under long-term contract.
Zack Wheeler: Aside from Matt Harvey, who will miss the entire season due to Tommy John recovery, no Mets starter is more jaw-droppingly talented than Wheeler. But he is also young and green, with only 17 career big league starts to his credit.
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