PORT ST. LUCIE, F.L. — For the first time this year, Mets pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucy, seemingly with a clear goal in mind.
"I would like to think there's better to come, but who knows, you gotta go out there and play," said Jacob deGrom, a three-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner.
The Mets ace may have won pitching's highest honor two seasons in a row, but it's team achievement that fuels him.
"I think we have a great group of guys. I think our lineup is really good. Really good starting pitching and the bullpen looks really good as well," he said.
Much of the Mets' offseason improvements dealt with pitching, with Michael Wacha and 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Procello expected to join the starting rotation.
"We have one of the best rotations in the game," said Luis Rojas, the team's new manager. "I told this to them today. We're young, talented and experienced."
That rotation might be the formula that finally ends the team's four-season playoff drought.
Corey Crockett contributed.