The New York Mets added to their pitching depth this offseason which was much lauded amongst Mets fans as well as observers around baseball after last season’s exposure behind ace Jacob deGrom.
If you’ve followed the Mets to any extent over the last several seasons, the Mets Achilles heel has been a lack of starting pitching depth that has resulted in a merry-go-round of pitchers who weren’t yet Major League-ready or were completely overmatched at the MLB level.
All wrongs have been righted this offseason with the Mets acquiring a plethora of arms to negate the previous stigma of the past few seasons in which the front office seemed ill-prepared to have capable arms of filling in should a need arise. It can be argued that one of the Mets’ greatest strengths this season is the amount of pitching depth that the Mets possess this season.
With the amount of starting pitching depth the Mets acquired this winter, they will have no shortage of options to take the mound in an emergency situation this season.
In case of an emergency this season, the front office will be able to bring up a capable arm in Triple-A that many fans should have confidence in getting the job done. Aside from David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi, who are both projected to potentially make the Opening Day roster, I wanted to evaluate three starting pitchers who should be able to step up in case a need arises on the big league roster this season.
Each of these three pitchers isn’t projected to make the Opening Day roster at this point, which would point to them being one of those capable arms as I had previously mentioned above. Without further ado, let’s dive into our first emergency option.