The weather in the Northeast stinks right about now. Making baseball season feel forever away, but realistically we’re only a month away from when pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie.
Some may believe in what Darling thinks about this upcoming season regarding the staff, and some may just call him biased or overly optimistic. Darling comparing his 1988 staff to this years’ upcoming staff isn’t exactly a reach.
Let’s for the sake of the argument say that Ron Darling is right and the pitching staff this year will be healthy. I know it might be hard to be optimistic for some people.
How dominant could this staff be? I think the 2015 playoffs is a good indication of what could be possible.
Between Harvey/deGrom/Syndergaard/Matz :
85.1 IP/ 30 ER/ 94 K/ 26 BB
That’s four guys who all made their first career postseason starts, and with the help of Daniel Murphy, carried this team to the World Series. Along the way beating the Dodgers and Cubs, two teams who played in last year’s NLCS.
Small sample size or not, we’ve seen it at the highest level possible. And we’ve seen what Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard could all do over the span of 162. And the ceiling for Matz is undeniable.
This is all being said without a mention of Zack Wheeler. Who pitched a 3.54 with 187 strikeouts in 185.1 innings as a 24-year-old with a torn up elbow.
Windows don’t stay open forever, unfortunately. One thing I believe Darling is spot on about is the time is dwindling. Maybe our staff isn’t exactly as long termed as we once believed. But this is the first time that it looks like everyone will be healthy going into the season with no limitations. The window for this season is most certainly wide open, and the time to go for it is now. Just give us a glimpse, I want to be able to say I was able to see all five pitchers together for a season. Instead of always wondering what would’ve been, or always questioning if we should’ve traded someone.
Say what you want about health, it’s extremely valid and indisputable. You’re talking about five power pitchers attempting to all be healthy in the same season. But it’s too exciting and fun to dream of what a season it could be with everyone healthy. It would truly be something baseball has never seen before I believe.
So for now while the weather is frigid and you’re impatiently waiting for the season, just keep imagining what could be. Because once the minute someone mentions “soreness” or “fatigue” in St. Lucie, majority of people will be bashing their heads against the wall.