Mets starting pitchers have held up their end of the bargain
By Tim Boyle
Through two starts each and whatever you want to call this past Sunday’s attempt to play through rain, the trio of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker have been quite spectacular for the New York Mets. All three have pitched well enough to keep the Mets in the game.
The offense and bullpen have let them down at times but heading into their third time through the rotation, the trio has been virtually unstoppable.
The Mets are getting elite-level starting pitching this season
deGrom is 0-1 with a 0.64 ERA, Stroman is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA, and Walker has yet to receive any decisions but he does own a 2.61 ERA and the Mets have won both of his appearances. The lone runs allowed by deGrom and Stroman came on solo home runs. Walker, with three runs blamed to him, is still holding up his end of the bargain.
Outside of David Peterson’s 2021 debut, the Mets starting pitchers have been better than advertised. Most amazing of all, they’re not even at full strength. Carlos Carrasco is a few weeks away from making his Mets debut and Noah Syndergaard will hopefully be ready sometime in the summer months.
Although we have only seen one poor outing from Peterson thus far and Joey Lucchesi has only pitched in relief, things are looking great for the Mets as far as pitching is concerned.
The other parts of the Mets roster are beginning to help out
In their twin bill versus the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets won both games by scoring four runs. Based on how the starters are performing in the early part of the season, four runs should be enough most nights.
This will depend on how the bullpen performs. Miguel Castro and Trevor May are getting the ball as much as possible in setup situations with Luis Rojas saving Edwin Diaz for the typical situation you might see a closer step on the mound. I don’t like to jump to any conclusions about relievers too quickly into the season. One bad outing changes everything.
The offense remains a concern. Brandon Nimmo is a one-man army at the plate with occasional support from those around him. Luis Guillorme has made the most of his playing time during J.D. Davis’ absence. Just about everyone else has been cold with a few moments of turning up the thermostat.
I know the Mets starting pitchers are likely to see their ERAs jump up a few points. It’s an unsustainable ask to have them put together a year even Bob Gibson on a raised mound versus a little league team wouldn’t be able to compete with.
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After last year’s debacle of watching Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha, Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman—everyone not named deGrom or Peterson—it’s refreshing to see the Mets rotation come together and win ball games.