Baseball John Smoltz gave the Mets pitching staff the highest praise he could: He compared them to the legendary 1990s Braves pitching rotations, of which he was a big part."They're way better," he told the New York Daily News. "They've got more talent than we could ever have." MORE: A look back at John Smoltz's career | second-half predictionsMets starters Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noa

h Syndergaard and Steven Matz are a relatively young group, but Smoltz cites the rise of injuries due to improper pitching as an obstacle he didn't have to deal with. "The opportunities that exist today won't allow a lot of staffs to find out what kind of staff they can be. That's the shame of the game. The injuries have taken over. The inability to learn how to pitch [and] fast-tracking a lot of kids," Smoltz said."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."Smoltz, who will join former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in the Baseball Hall of Fame later this month, also said the league's impatience with garnering fast results could hinder young pitchers."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?"