3 way too early Mets assumptions to make after one weekend

Was the first weekend a true look at who the 2024 Mets will be?

Mar 30, 2024; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) hits a
Mar 30, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) hits a / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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3) The Mets starting pitching staff is going to be their downfall

Jose Quintana failing to get through five innings on Opening Day, Luis Severino dropping a dud in his debut, and Tylor Megill completing the trifecta on Sunday made for a miserable weekend for Mets starting pitchers. In terms of shocking human events to take place on Easter Sunday throughout history go, the 2024 Mets starting pitching staff performing poorly is hardly the largest jaw-dropper.

The biggest criticism of all for the Mets this offseason by non-fans was the starting rotation. Fans would openly admit it was a concern, but thinking deeply enough into it, we could buy into the projected rotation being at least average. Perhaps that rhetorical purchase made by fans seeking optimism should’ve saved a receipt.

Early exits aren’t uncommon in a player’s first start. Failing to even get 15 outs is cause for concern, though. The five inning benchmark required for a win by a starting pitcher wasn’t present for Quintana or Megill. The former ran into trouble and the latter apparently exited with what could turn into an injury.

Compiling into these fears is the fact that two of these three starters are perceived as top rotation arms for the club. Quintana and Severino limping out of the gate was not the kind of start the Mets needed in the absence of Kodai Senga.

It’s an early assumption to make that the pitchers won’t turn it around. They most certainly can look better the next time around, but those doubts are speaking more loudly today.