Last week in San Diego, a Mets player accomplished a feat which had only been done four previous times in Mets history. The feat was having at least 10 years separating the times a player appeared in a game for the Mets. Can you name the five players who have done this? Good luck!
With the Giants and Jets shaping their franchises for the next decade with their high first round draft picks, and with the struggles of the Mets home grown rotation, now is as good a time as ever to look at the Mets history of drafting pitchers in the first round of the draft. Looking at the Mets history, there is an Eli Manning, and there are more than a few Mark Sanchezes.
Can you name the Mets five best first round drafted pitchers by career WAR? Good luck!
This year, we have seen the Mets dip down into the minors and call-up a player for the first time in their baseball career. The first time was Corey Oswalt, who was so tantalizingly close to getting into a game and making his debut, but alas, it was not meant to be.
So Oswalt would not be the first Mets rookie to make his Major League debut this year. That honor would go to another pitcher. Can you name him? Can you name the other Mets to do so this decade? Good luck!
Thursday, April 11th will forever be a landmark date in Mets history, and it is not just because Mickey Callaway‘s Mets started the year with a franchise best 10-1 record or because the Mets swept their first two road series for the first time in their histry. No, it is because the Mets Five Aces, Flamethrower Five, or whatever you want to call them finally pitched one time through the rotation.
There were many stops and starts since 2015, but it finally happened. Overall, there have been 18 Mets pitchers who have made a start for the Mets (will be 19 when Jason Vargas comes off the Disabled List) since the start of the 2015 season. This includes the Five Aces.Â Can you name all 18 pitchers? Good luck!
Bartolo Colon Jacob deGrom Matt Harvey Noah Syndergaard Zack Wheeler Steven Matz Seth Lugo Robert Gsellman Jon Niese Dillon Gee Rafael Montero Chris Flexen Sean Gilmartin Logan Verrett Gabriel Ynoa Tommy Milone Tyler Pill Adam Wilk
Yesterday’s win over the Washington Nationals had a very August 2015 vibe to it with Yoenis Cespedes hitting big home runs and seeing the Nationals lose their cool and seeing their bullpen collapse. Another part of that was seeing the Mets starter out-pitch the Nationals one.
Once again, this Mets team is built upon pitching, but not necessarily the same exact pitching which was present in 2015. Overall, there are just seven Mets pitchers remaining from that 2015 season. Can you name them? Good luck!
Brandon Nimmo Yoenis Cespedes Jay Bruce Asdrubal Cabrera Todd Frazier Adrian Gonzalez Kevin Plawecki Noah Syndergaard Amed Rosario Jerry Blevins Jacob deGrom Jeurys Familia Robert Gsellman Matt Harvey Seth Lugo Steven Matz AJ Ramos Jacob Rhame Paul Sewald Anthony Swarzak Travis d’Arnaud Wilmer Flores Jose Reyes Juan Lagares Phillip Evans Michael Conforto David Wright T.J. Rivera Jason Vargas
Next week, the Mets will have the 56th Opening Day in team history. Originally, that start was supposed to go to Jacob deGrom, who would have become the 10th home grown Mets player to start on Opening Day. However, due to a minor setback during Spring Training, that start is going to go to Noah Syndergaard.
The fact there has only been nine home grown Mets who have made an Opening Day start is a function of how many starts were made by some of the best home grown pitchers in Mets history. Are you able to name the nine home grown Mets pitchers who have made an Opening Day start? Good luck!
With Mickey Callaway at the helm and with Dave Eiland as the new pitching coach, the Mets are once again banking on their pitching staff carrying them to the World Series. As we saw in 2015, when this staff is operating at its best, it is certainly capable of doing so.
Really, that speaks to any era in Mets history. Certainly, the 1969 and 1986 World Series Championships were at least partially driven by great starting pitching. It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the pitchers who pitched on these teams are among the Mets All-Time ERA leaders.
Can you name the Top 10 Mets in ERA? Good luck!
Early on, Mickey Callaway announced his intentions to use his best relievers in the highest leverage spots and not just in the ninth inning. As a result, in addition to Jeurys Familia, we may very well see AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, Jerry Blevins, or even Hansel Robles out there looking to close out a game. This creates the possibility of the Mets having multiple relievers with over 10 saves.
This is something that has happened 12 times in Mets history. Sometimes, it was due to injury. Others, it was the intended plan. Whatever the case, can you name the closers who have at least 10 saves in the same season another Mets reliever had at least 10 saves? Good luck!
One of the themes of this offseason has been Sandy Alderson going out and bringing back some players to help this current team try to win a World Series. We have seen these efforts work in the past with the Mets bringing back Bobby Bonilla in 1999 and Endy Chavez and Pedro Feliciano in 2006. We have also seen these efforts fail miserably like when the Mets brought back Roger Cedeno and Jeromy Burnitz in 2002.
Where this season falls on the spectrum is still to be determined. Those results will largely depend on those players the Mets have brought back to the team. Can you name them? Good luck!