Just like that, the first half of the 2021 MLB regular season has come and gone. Through 87 games, the New York Mets have survived ten doubleheaders, a ridiculous barrage of injuries, and the worst offense in baseball.
Yet, someway, somehow, the Amazins’ sit atop the National League East entering the All-Star break.
Even with all the obstacles and hurdles still to overcome, it is easy to overlook some of the amazing moments from the first half. After all, that is just life as a Mets fan. That being said, here are the New York Mets 2021 mid-season awards…
Mets Rookie of the Year – SP Tylor Megill
In the off-season, the Mets spent significant resources building depth around the diamond. Except, nobody could have accounted for Joey Lucchesi missing the rest of the year, Peterson struggling, and the still unknown whereabouts of Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard.
Luckily, the Mets found a savior in 2018 8th round pick Tylor Megill.
He may only be four starts into his major league career, but the 6’7” giant has been as consistent as they come. In 18 innings pitched, Megill owns a 3.50 earned run average with 26 strikeouts.
In fact, Megill is the lone Mets pitcher to strike out at least seven batters in three of his four major league games. To put that into perspective, Dick Selma, Nolan Ryan, Bill Pulsipher, Doc Gooden, and Matt Harvey only had two such games each.
In a year where the backend of the rotation has been such a question mark, Megill’s debut could not have come at a better time.