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It is great to have Matt Harvey back not just for the sake of the Mets, but for all of baseball (excluding the hitters he faces that day). While I am afraid that Matt Harvey will be pulled quickly from starts or not given a full slate of innings if he stays healthy, Harvey seems to be coming at a relative discount based on his preliminary. I would not draft him as your SP1 or SP2 because he is inherently risky coming off of surgery, but I have no problem rolling the dice on the young stud.
Jon Niese has always been a fantasy favorite after a friend turned me on to him a couple of years ago. Niese is league average by almost any definition, but I find him to be a pretty safe option as your back-end starter or as a potential stream. He does not have strikeout stuff, but he is a pretty safe bet to finish with a mid 3.00 ERA. Jon Niese is a very effective way to eat innings and protect your ERA and WHIP.
I just wrote about Jacob DeGrom here as a possible value pick because some people may discount his great rookie year. From what I can tell, DeGrom is a top 30 SP in 2015 and he should come at a fairly affordable price. I am always intrigued by young strikeout pitchers and DeGrom fits that profile nicely. Plus, it does not hurt that he is coming off a season with a 2.69 ERA.
Between Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jacob DeGrom the Mets have built a very formidable trio that should mow down NL East hitters for years to come.
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