Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In previous seasons, while gearing up for opening day, Binghamton Mets fans could be heard buzzing about the pitching staff. Whether it was a starter like Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard, the B-Mets faithful looked forward to watching pitchers they would eventually see in the major leagues.
In 2014, it is quite a different story.
Gone is the hyped rotation. Enter the lesser-knowns with something to prove. But it's a familiar face getting the start on opening day.
Darin Gorski will get the ball on Thursday as Binghamton opens the season against Akron. He's spent parts of the last two years here. Last season, he was 6-1 in Double-A, with an ERA of 1.83 in 13 starts.
While a little less recognizable, Gorski says people will start to remember several of the guys on the staff.
"We got a lot of great arms, a lot of young guys coming up that throw the ball well at every stop that they've made," he explained Monday. "We have a lot of good guys in the pen. We have a lot of good guys coming back that had really good years here last year, so looking at the staff, looking at the bullpen, I think we're set to go."
Greg Peavey, who is the only other starter in the rotation to see time in Binghamton, could only agree.
"You may not know the names now, but I feel like you'll become very familiar with them," said Peavey. "They're that good. We got some really good arms that may be not as highly touted, but the ability is definitely there."
Gorski and Peavey are joined by Rainy Lara, Tyler Pill, Hansel Robles and Matt Bowman in manager Pedro Lopez's six-man rotation.
Lara, Pill, Robles and Bowman all spent time in Single-A St. Lucie for part of last season.