Flushing 5 is no more
Aug 12, 2020 | 9151 views | 0 0 comments | 1037 1037 recommendations | email to a friend | print
About a year ago at this time, it felt like the Mets had put together the deepest rotation in Major League Baseball.

They had decided to keep Zach Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard, but they also traded for Marcus Stroman.

My colleague Boomer Esiason was so giddy about the possibilities, he gave the rotation a nickname: The Flushing Five.

Well, The Flushing Five didn't last long. Just one year later, and the Mets rotation could not be a bigger mess.

Zach Wheeler is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Noah Syndergaard went under the knife for Tommy John surgery.

And Marcus Stroman decided to opt out of the 2020 season after a calf issue sidelined him to start the season.

The decision to trade prospects to acquire Marcus Stroman and deciding to prioritize him over Zach Wheeler was a colossal mistake by the Mets braintrust.

I hated the decision at the time, and I certainly hate it that much more now.

Decision making aside, the Mets rotation is a major weakness three weeks into the shortened 2020 season.

Even with Jacob deGrom, the best pitcher in baseball leading the staff, the Mets don't have answers you can believe in.

Steven Matz received rave reviews in the Summer Camp sessions, but in his last two starts against the Nationals he has served up batting practice.

Matz is no better than a fourth or fifth starter, but he is being asked to anchor the top of the rotation.

Can you feel particularly confident as a Mets fan in a rotation that features Matz, up-and-down veteran Rick Porcello, and youngster David Pederson can get the job done?

Even with Pederson surprising early, I for one cannot.

The questions I had going into the season about the Mets rotation have most certainly played out so far.

You combine the Mets shaky rotation with a lineup that is doing a terrible job of hitting with runners in scoring position, and it shouldn't surprise you that they are three games under .500 at 17 games into the season.

The Flushing Five has transformed into deGrom and pray for rain.

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