Historically speaking, Mets rotation a young rarity
We’re all trying to place the New York Mets’ dynamic quartet of starting pitchers in the proper historical perspective.
Here’s my attempt.
All four of the Mets’ starting pitchers in the National League Division Series — Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz — met the following criteria:
1. They are 27 or younger (deGrom is the oldest).
2. They made their Major League Baseball debuts with the Mets.
3. They made their MLB postseason debuts in this year’s NLDS.
So here’s the question: On how many prior occasions did four pitchers — all 27 or younger, all having debuted with the same MLB team — make their first postseason starts in the same (victorious) series?
According to STATS LLC, the 2010 San Francisco Giants are the only team to match all of the above criteria, with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner. And that rotation, of course, provided the foundation for what became a three-titles-in-five-years dynasty.
There are three instances of teams winning postseason series with three pitchers matching the above criteria: the ’66 Baltimore Orioles in the World Series (Dave McNally, Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker); the ’69 Mets in the NLCS (Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry); and the ’07 Colorado Rockies in the NLDS (Jeff Francis, Franklin Morales, Ubaldo Jimenez).
But the ’10 Giants and ’15 Mets are the only teams able to claim four, and Mets fans are right to be ecstatic about the present and future. Among the group, Harvey is the closest to free agency — but that won’t be until after the 2018 season. DeGrom will be eligible after 2020, Syndergaard and Matz one year later.
The Mets should be good for a long, long time.