With Matt Harvey on the shelf recovering from Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets look to be about a year away from really making some noise in the National League East. By then they'll have a starting pitching trio of Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard, who is widely considered one of the best prospects in baseball.
Even the Mets realize that notion, at least Wheeler does. He has a hard time not thinking about the future and wondering what the team will eventually be capable of.
Here is what he told the New York Daily News:
“But sometimes at night, you are laying in bed and you think about the next year,” Wheeler said. “I am focused on this year, don’t get me wrong. But you think about what it could be like then.
“And it’s exciting to think about.”
Wheeler isn't out of line with his comments, he's being realistic. Though the Mets could surprise people this season, they are more likely to break out in 2015.
As long as Harvey comes back 100 percent, the Mets could have a dangerous pitching staff. Syndergaard has a career 2.64 ERA in four minor league seasons and has impressed in spring.
Harvey even sees something familiar in the young flamethrower.
"I see a little bit of myself in him," Harvey told reporters.
Could Wheeler's dreams come true a year early? We'll see. The Mets open their season against the Nationals on March 31.