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Zack Wheeler has 17 strikeouts in his last two starts
The Mets have the makings of a formidable starting pitching staff with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese and the rejuvenated Dillon Gee leading the way. A talented rotation like that can give a team bidding for the playoffs a lot of grief down the stretch.
The Mets currently rank sixth in the National League with a 3.70 ERA. Harvey leads the way, of course, and is a viable Cy Young candidate with a 9-4 record and a stellar 2.25 ERA (second in the NL). He also leads the senior circuit with 187 strikeouts.
Wheeler's command issues seem to have been straightened out as he's walked just four batters in his last three games. He's now 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA following Tuesday's victory over the Braves.
Niese (5-6, 4.25 ERA) appears healthy again after going on the disabled list with shoulder pain on June 21. He pitched very well in his last outing against San Diego, striking out nine Padres and allowing just one run in six innings of work.
Gee (9-8, 3.60 ERA) has been brilliant since late May, posting a 2.27 ERA since that time—the third-best mark in the league behind Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw. On top of that the Cleburne, Texas native has completed six innings or more in each of his last 10 starts.
"This is what we've known him to be in the past. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you look up in the next six weeks and he's going to have 14 or 15 wins," Collins told www.foxnews.com.
Add it all up and the Mets will be a formidable opponent for every club they play the rest of the way.