3) Bold NY Mets prediction: David Peterson, Tylor Megill combine to make 35+ starts
Partly injury based but also performance and protection, David Peterson and Tylor Megill will combine to make 35+ starts for the Mets this year. We know there are concerns about Kodai Senga’s durability. Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer could also benefit from the occasional extra day of rest.
Maybe this isn’t such a bold expectation to have considering one of them would step in for an injured Mets starter. Peterson made 19 starts for the Mets last year while Megill gave them another 9. This came with the team having the ability to place Trevor Williams onto the mound for 9 starts as well. No longer available, it’s easy to see how this pair of Mets starters could easily achieve this prediction.
4) Bold NY Mets prediction: Edwin Diaz is, somehow, even better
Edwin Diaz had one of the greatest reliever seasons of all for the Mets in 2022. Going bold, I’m predicting he’s even better. How does one top a 1.31 ERA, 32 saves, and a strikeout rate of 17.1 per nine?
A subjective prediction, we’re going to know Diaz is even better in 2023 by watching him. Not all of the numbers will improve. The saves are easy to see increase. The ERA could go up with the strikeout rate staying somewhat the same. Diaz got incredibly hot in the second half, allowing only 2 earned runs in 24.2 innings of work. He got better as the year progressed. A more dominant start is all it might take.