Sandy Alderson's "plan" took a big hit in October when the organization got word Matt Harvey would likely miss all of 2014 with a torn UCL. The general manager was looking for a veteran starter to fill that void in the rotation, and found that in free agent Bartolo Colon.
Most of Terry Collins' 2014 pitching is now in place. There is still one spot in the starting rotation and one spot in the bullpen up for grabs, but the "heavy lifting" needed to prepare for next season is complete.
Led by Harvey for most of 2013, the pitching staff was much younger and more improved as a unit than in 2012. Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen saw their hurlers put together a 3.77 team ERA (13th in MLB) and a 1.29 WHIP (12th in MLB).
More exciting things will happen on the mound at Citi Field this season. Fans will see Zack Wheeler pitch at the big league level for a full season, while top prospects Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are knocking at the door of the majors, ready to contribute.
In predicting performances for 2014, each pitcher is assumed to be healthy for the entire season. That in itself is an optimistic view, but if you can't be optimistic in December, when can you? What they accomplished last season was heavily considered, but their career numbers were also taken into account.