At the start of the 2015 MLB Season, the New York Mets were nothing but an afterthought by most people around the Major Leagues. This season was slated to be the season where the Mets MIGHT be able to prove that they can be competitive for 162 games, and possibly make the playoffs. Although, most people didn’t think that the playoffs were an attainable goal for a young team like the Mets. They came into the year boasting strong starting pitching, with their early season rotation made up of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. However, waiting in the wings for a starting opportunity were the teams two best young pitchers, Noah Syndergaard (who was acquired in the RA Dickey deal with Toronto) and Steven Matz (who was a second round selection by the Metropolitans in 2009). The Mets rotation had changed rather quickly by the end of June, with Syndergaard being promoted and stuck in the rotation. Syndergaard has pitched this season to a 9-7 record, with a 3.24 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 150 innings. Matz joined the rotation at the end of June, making two starts, and winning both before being sidelined for most of July, all of August and coming back to the rotation in September. In 6 starts this season for the Mets, Matz went 4-0 with two no decisions, pitching to the tune of a 2.27 ERA with 34 punch outs.

Now, New York is one win away from their fifth World Series appearance in franchise history. They went five games with the Los Angeles Dodgers before winning game five in LA. Since that game, they have won three in a row over the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS and are looking for the sweep Wednesday in Chicago. Daniel Murphy has been a big boost to the team, batting .364 with six home runs and nine RBIs in the playoffs. The Mets look unstoppable so far this postseason, and have proven to every doubter that they are for real. With only one win to the World Series, Mets fans have plenty to feel optimistic about. This rotation is dominant, and is FILLED with young pitching. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Syndergaard have been a total force to be reckoned with and their performances have set the tone for the team the entire postseason. After besting Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke, the trio has come back to dominate the Cubs in the first three games of this series. If they can keep their talented core together for a few years, this team is poised to dominate the National League. Let’s not forget to mention that they have a bunch of talented young hitting prospects such as left fielder Michael Conforto, who has made his way into the lineup in a few of the games the Mets have played this post season. The addition of Yoenis Cespedes has also greatly helped this lineup, as he had finished the 2015 regular season with 35 home runs, and over 100 runs batted in. The Mets are legitimate contenders this season, and with a win in Chicago tonight, they will look to take their 3rd World Series title in franchise history.

LETS GO METS

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