The Mets’ pitching has been extraordinary this season, but one thing that they haven’t done is pitch very deep into games. The back end of the rotation of David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi just can’t be relied upon to go deep into games at all. Sometimes when Peterson is right he can go six, but the deepest Lucchesi has gone is 4.2 innings. This puts a lot of pressure on a bullpen that I already believe has been a little overworked, and I think it would be smart to go after another depth arm for the rotation.
When healthy, the Mets rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker is set. But, when will we actually see Carrasco and Syndergaard pitch? They were both supposed to return by mid-June and have both experienced setbacks.
Adding another arm like Matthew Boyd can help a lot. This has been Boyd’s best season in the majors as he boasts a 3.90 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The issue in the past for Boyd was the home run ball as he leads the American League in home runs allowed each of the past two years, but this year with the de-juiced ball, Boyd is allowing just 0.9 HR/9 which is by far a career-best.
Boyd has gone at least six innings in six of his 11 starts this season. Giving the Mets that kind of quality length can provide a huge boost.
Boyd has one year left of team control after this one so with Syndergaard and Stroman entering free agency at season’s end, it will be a good thing to have another arm under contract to pair with deGrom, Walker, and Peterson.
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The Tigers are rebuilding and will likely look to capitalize on Boyd’s value while he still has it. Assuming the cost isn’t too high, this could be a very solid depth arm for the Mets to grab at the deadline.