2) The NY Mets should expect a less from Tylor Megill
Tylor Megill began the 2022 season in the starting rotation. In fact, in case you forgot, he started on Opening Day for the Mets. An injury late in spring forced Jacob deGrom to the IL. Rather than try to rush Max Scherzer out without the expected days of rest, Buck Showalter turned to Megill for help.
Megill will be a candidate to do something similar this year in case of injury alongside David Peterson. Through his first 137 innings of work, Megill has shown there is a ton of talent in his arm. However, the results just haven’t shown.
Megill is now 8-8 with a 4.73 ERA. After a couple of strong starts to the 2022 season, Megill got roughed up and his numbers were never able to recover. He was out for most of the year before returning in a bullpen role. The Mets can choose to use him in relief again this season. With minor league options available, it might be wiser to keep him stretched out for the occasional start.
For a brief time, it looked like Megill was headed toward a permanent spot in the rotation. His sudden rise in 2021 made everyone a fan. The numbers tell us he might not be much more than a back-of-the-rotation guy.
There is time and hope Megill can figure things out and stay healthy this coming year. When he does embark on the journey known as the 2023 season, he’ll do so with the bar lowered.