With Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, the New York Mets have perhaps the best big three in all of baseball. In fact, New York Daily News MLB writer John Harper believes just that.
It wasn’t an off-the-cuff comment, either. Harper analyzed every team’s big three – in both leagues – and crowned the Mets’ big three the best.
“I thought it was fun to do that,” Harper said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “You almost always have to have that big three at the top of your rotation if you’re going to win a championship. The Indians almost did it last year when they got their guys hurt, but it actually caught up with them at the end. So I just started looking around and thought it might be fun to rank them.”
In their first go-around this season, Syndergaard, deGrom and Harvey combined for a 0.96 ERA. They’ve also played a critical role in the Mets’ success over the last couple of seasons.
“I couldn’t find anybody I could put higher than the Mets,” Harper said. “With Syndergaard, deGrom and the way Harvey has come back here – he’s not quite what he was before his two surgeries, but he’s definitely a guy you can count on as, at the very least, a dependable two or three, which is really what they need right now when they got the other two guys.”
Harper ranked the Red Sox (Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello), Nationals (Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark), Indians (Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco) and Cubs (Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks) second through fifth, respectively.
“You could make arguments for the Nationals, for the Cubs, for the Red Sox – even maybe the Indians,” Harper said. “But I think the Mets, I believe in that pitching. I think that’s why they’re winning the NL East and beating the Nationals. I think it’ll be a great race, but you’re really seeing that pitching take hold already for the Mets.”
The Mets (6-3) lead the Nationals (5-4) by one game entering play April 13.
Still, as much as Harper loves the Mets’ starting rotation, he believes that the Dodgers will beat them in the NLCS and reach their first World Series since 1988.
“I just feel like Kershaw, one of these years, has to break through,” Harper said of the three-time Cy Young winner. “This guy is too good. Sooner or later he’s got to get (to the World Series).”