Mets: Three signs things will be different in Flushing this year and beyond
By Tim Boyle
Mets showed they care about pitching depth
Who would have thought pitching depth was an important part of a team’s success? One of the quieter needs for the Mets this winter, they successfully added a whole lot of starting pitching depth to the franchise. From Joey Lucchesi to Sam McWilliams to Jordan Yamamoto, the Mets have done a wonderful job at giving themselves some high-upside options for the back of the rotation.
None of those additions will probably ever push Jacob deGrom off the pedestal of ace. However, with the pretense that these depth pieces are merely in New York to hold things together until Noah Syndergaard arrives, we should feel pretty good right now.
Pitching depth, or lack of it, has been constant with the Mets. In 2020, we saw the club ravaged by a limited number of places they could turn.
In spring, Brodie Van Wagenen boasted about the club having one of the deepest rotations in baseball. By the time the season actually started, they were down to deGrom and a bunch of guys ready to underperform. If not for David Peterson putting together a fine rookie season, things would have been even uglier.
In any given year, a starting pitcher is going to miss time. It might be a start or it could be two months. Having a few extra bullets lying around to load into the chamber is important. This year, I think the Mets will have the led pieces to get through almost anything.
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