There has been a significant amount of hype surrounding the rotation of the Mets entering the 2022 season. But after it was discovered that ace Jacob deGrom had a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade that would have sidelined him indefinitely, it wasn’t hard to imagine that injuries would derail what was supposed to be one of the best units in the league.
However, in the early part of the regular season, it appears the Mets have more than enough early pitches to get by until deGrom returns.
During the first 10 games of the year, the rotation of the Mets recorded an ERA of 1.07. This is the best 10-game stretch to start a season by any starting staff in baseball history since running earned became a statistic in 1913, according to Sports Radar.
The rotation of the Mets pitched 50.1 innings, allowing for only six points earned, eliminating 59 batters and hitting only 11 walks. Opponent offenses have scored three paltry home runs and are also hitting .158 off staff.
This historic start is shocking considering it came without deGrom. Not to mention that future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer wasn’t his usual dominant self, but he still managed to pull off a solid 2-0 with an ERA of 3.27.
The Mets received light-out performances from deGrom replacement in second-year holder Tylor Megill (0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings), off-season acquisition Chris Bassitt (0.75 ERA in 12 innings) and veteran Carlos Carrasco (0.84 ERA out of 10.2 innings).
Starter Taijuan Walker pitched two perfect innings on April 11 in Philadelphia, before landing on the IL with right shoulder bursitis. Walker was replaced in the rotation by southpaw David Peterson, who followed the schedule by not allowing a run in 8.1 innings this season (one start).
“It’s really good and it will be that way all year,” Carrasco said of the quick start of the rotation after pitching five closing innings on Saturday. “We miss Jake, but we have (Tylor) Megill and all these guys. It’s going to be okay.”
Carrasco looks like one of the first rebound candidates for the Mets this season. Last year, a torn hamstring and bone spur in the elbow saw the right do just 12 starts and record an ERA of 6.04. After undergoing surgery to remove the bone spur from his right elbow in October, Carrasco looks like himself again. As a result of his elbow procedure, Carrasco can throw his signature split shift and slide as he wants, which was a deciding factor in his first two starts.
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And speaking of Megill, whom Carrasco praised for her impressive performance on his first two outings, the 26-year-old worked on his mechanics during the off-season and is now throwing his four-stitched fastball at 98 and 99 mph. According to Baseball Savant, Megill averaged 94.6 mph with his fastball in 2021, which has risen to 96.4 this season. Megill also added a cutter, who plays against his gearbox, his throw against lefties. Right-wingers quickly went from competing for a spot in the rotation to a key factor for this unit after deGrom hit the shelf. He has been up to the occasion so far.
As for Bassitt, he’s pitching as the Cy Young ace the Mets believed they were getting when they sent two potential clients to the Oakland Athletics to acquire him via an exchange in March. Bassitt has also been credited for providing a lot of advice to the younger Mets pitchers such as Megill and Peterson. Bassitt was seen showing the rest of the staff some tips on the IPAD on the bench during the SNY telecast.
The Mets have also decided to continue casting manager Jeremy Hefner, the only remaining staff member of former manager Luis Rojas. Hefner has been credited for his work with the launch staff since he landed the job in 2020 and is getting the most out of his group of him, despite missing some key weapons.
General manager Billy Eppler made it a priority to address the clubhouse’s launch staff and chemistry during the off-season. So far, he appears to have nailed this project, which has seen the rotation thrive historically and unlikely, even without deGrom.
As a result, the Mets are 7-3 to start the 2022 season. Their rotation is the best in MLB, which has never seen a better 10-game stretch to open a campaign in the history of the sport.
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