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Many cynics will be quick to point out that the Mets cannot realistically count on R.A. Dickey to duplicate his 2012 performance—which featured 20 victories and a 2.73 ERA—next season.
That is fair to say, but the Mets may not need him to in order to post a successful season.
It appears that Jon Niese has turned a corner in his career and become a reliable middle of the rotation pitcher that could post 15 wins with the support of a better offense.
Prior to this season he had not shown the ability to maintain his stamina throughout the season, but in 2012 his second-half ERA was 3.01.
Matt Harvey has the makings of a top of the rotation ace, armed with a formidable arsenal of pitches as well as an assassin's mentality.
The rest of the rotation will have a bit of a drop off, considering the durability issues surrounding former ace Johan Santana, who is coming off his first sub .500 season since 2000.
The Mets no longer count on him to provide 200 innings of sub 3.00 ERA, which makes him more than sufficient as a No. 4 starter.
Dillon Gee will complete the rotation. He had season-ending surgery to repair artery damage in his pitching shoulder in July. He told Fast Life that he will "definitely be a full 100 percent ready at spring training".
That is certainly encouraging news for the Mets, considering Gee has proven to be a competent back-end pitcher in the rotation with the ability to pitch late into games.
This is the way the Mets will most likely begin the season, and they will have plenty of depth with their bevy of Triple-A pitchers such as Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Collin McHugh available.
Are they the best starting five in the NL? No, but they should be able to enable the Mets to compete all season in the East.
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have better rotations at the time, but the Mets may enter the discussion next season.