I agree, can't see either one of them maintaining that pace, but a 2.57 ERA is terrific stuff for a 143.1 IP stretch.
As long as both pitchers can maintain even what they've done overall (with reasonable consistency), I'd happily take it. We're not asking them to be #1 and #2, just #4 and #5. Even at #3 and #4, they'd still be solid. My thing with Niese is to try to limit his innings by cutting back on his expected starts...he seems like a guy who should ideally be making 27 starts or so a season, which is fine for a #5.
But sadly, and maddeningly, as we've seen, getting these damned starting pitchers to finish a season with roughly 33 starts or so seems like a friggin' impossible task.
Number of starting pitchers the Mets have used this season? 10
Here's the number of starts each one made:
Gee: 30 (he gets one more on Thursday...he'll be the only Met starter to possibly crack 200 IP)
Harvey: 26, OFS
Hefner: 23 (remember him?), OFS
Niese: 22, missed time on DL
Wheeler: 17 (+13 minor league starts). 168.2 IP total, shutdown
Marcum: 12, OFS, can't seem to stay healthy
Torres: 8 (+12 minor league). Only given a chance to start permanently with the Mets due to others being injured
Dice K: 6, and we know why he's here. He's managed to turn in three respectable starts in a row at least...that's three more than any of us had any right to expect.
Mejia: 5, OFS, can't seem to stay healthy
Harang: 3, (25 overall). Here because the Mets don't care if he gets hurt.
Of course, as much as we all want to fantasize about a Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Gee, and Niese rotation, it would be a miracle if 80% of the starts were made by those guys even if Harvey wasn't trying to avoid Tommy John surgery. The guess here is whatever rotation the Mets start the season with, at least two of those guys will spend time on the DL. And guys like the Torreses and deGroms (or guys like them) will have to fill in.
I can sympathize with GMs at times...planning a rotation has got to be a real bitch these days. There's not one guy the Mets can realistically pencil in for an automatic 200 IP next season.
EDIT: Forgot about Laffey (two starts) and McHugh (one start). So that's 12 starting pitchers.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 25 September 2013 - 06:01 AM.