The Atlanta Braves of the 1990s had three Hall of Fame pitchers in their starting rotation, but John Smoltz believes the New York Mets rotation has more talent.
"They're way better," Smoltz told the New York Daily News. "They've got more talent than we could ever have."
Smoltz will be inducted into Cooperstown later this month.
New York's rotation includes young standouts Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz as well as veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese. Zack Wheeler is due to re-enter the rotation next summer after completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards.
"The opportunities that exist today won't allow a lot of staffs to find out what kind of staff they can be," Smoltz added. "That's the shame of the game. The injuries have taken over. ... There's no doubt that the dynamic arms are way better than we've ever seen. And the issue is how long can we keep them healthy and how long can they stick together financially? What we did in the era that we did, we take a lot of pride in it. We worked really hard and we didn't miss a lot of starts.
"We've anointed people a little too quickly in this game. And they don't have the ability to wait and learn and have a fair shake at the game. ... Everybody wants quick results, expectations through the roof. And that's what these guys are fighting today. They're not giving them a chance to fail too often. And when they do, what happens?"