Rookie Noah Syndergaard is quickly establishing himself as an important piece of the Mets' rotation. His 2.97 ERA (83 ERA-) and 2.81 FIP (75 FIP-) rank second among Mets pitchers with at least three games started—behind only Jacob deGrom—and Syndergaard leads those starters with 9.38 K/9.
For this week's Mind Boggler, we're asking you to name every Mets starter to post at least 7.00 K/9 in his rookie season. To qualify, the pitcher had to throw at least 50 innings for the first time in his career, and the majority of his appearances that year had to come as a starter.
Like Syndergaard, Steve Matz has also looked impressive in his rookie campaign. In his first two big league starts, the lefty allowed just two runs in 13.2 innings pitched (1.32 ERA, 37 ERA-), while striking out 14 batters (9.22 K/9). Because their rookie years are ongoing, Syndergaard and Matz are not included in this week's Mind Boggler.
One hint: Just because a pitcher debuted as a starter doesn't mean he made his career as one. More than one pitcher on this list was better known for his work out of the pen.
You'll have three minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!