The New York Mets had a season to forget in 2021. Besides not making the postseason despite the aggressive postseason, they set a notorious record of being the team with the most days in first place (103), yet finishing the season under .500.
Injuries could explain part of the diminishing returns from the Mets this season. The injuries, however, also gave other pitchers opportunities to showcase their worth to the team moving forward. One player who took advantage of this unexpected opportunity was Tylor Megill.
Although a 4.52 ERA isn’t inspiring, Megill has shown enough during his 18 starts that he has earned a spot in the back of the Mets beleaguered rotation. He arrived on the big league squad when the team was in desperate need of arms, and he provided the Mets with valuable innings to keep the team afloat when they were flailing.
The New York Mets should give Tylor Megill the chance to be a part of the team’s 2022 starting rotation.
Megill showed flashes during his stint in the majors that he could develop into a solid pitcher. A couple of key performance highlights for Megill this season concern his walk and strikeout rates. Over the course of 89 2/3 innings, Megill compiled 2.71 walks per nine innings, a mark that ranked 20th among National League starting pitchers. Meanwhile, he also put together a strikeout rate of 9.94 strikeouts per nine innings, a mark which was good for ninth in the National League among qualified starters.
Ultimately, the team’s pitching was too decimated, and although the starting pitching was excellent in the first half of the season, the law of averages came back to bite the team’s starters in the second half of the season. The healthy starters that made it through the second half of the season reverted back to their career averages, and because the offense failed to fortify the pitching staff, it led to the dramatic collapse of the team’s record this season.
The Mets are expecting their starters to be fully healthy by the time 2022 rolls around, so where does that leave Tylor Megill? Considering the team’s injury issues this year, it may make sense for the Mets to adopt a six-man rotation next year. If they do so, Tylor Megill should be the sixth pitcher in the rotation. Because of his ability to limit walking hitters coupled to his high strikeout rate, Megill is a prototype of a valuable MLB pitcher in this generation of baseball.
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With a little more seasoning and experience, Megill could become a mid-tier starter, and the Mets should provide him the opportunity to reach his full potential.