If someone told you in January that someone other than Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer would be starting on Opening Day for the New York Mets, alarm bells would be ringing.
Well, it’s happening. With deGrom on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury, and Scherzer, who still on the mend from right hamstring soreness, and will start Friday night’s Apple TV+ exclusive game against Washington, the Mets will turn to Tylor Megill to start the season opener Thursday afternoon.
Talk about unconventional. This seems to be the storyline heading into the season for the 2022 New York Mets: the unconventional.
Megill gets the ball really out of process of elimination. Not only are the Mets missing deGrom and Scherzer, but Taijuan Walker is also out with a knee injury. Meanwhile Carlos Carassco was lit up this Spring, pitching to a 5.40 ERA, and Chris Bassit just arrived in town. So Megill is the next man up.
It helps that he had a terrific spring, pitching to a 0.00 ERA in 6-2/3 innings of work with seven strikeouts.
During his rookie year in 2021, Megill pitched to a 4.52 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 89-1/3 innings of work.