The rotation gets a boost
The Mets needed to acquire 2 high-quality starters, especially with Stroman leaving. Luckily for them, there just so happened to be a future Hall of Famer sitting on the open market: Max Scherzer. The man they call Mad Max, Scherzer signed a massive 3 year $130 million dollar deal to become arguably the best number 2 starter in all of baseball. He has been vital thus far this season, and is coming off his best performance as a Met. He struck out 10 batters in 7 innings to propel the Mets to a win over the Giants, with just one earned run to his name. The Mets wouldn't only look in free agency to solve the issue though.
On March 12th of this year, the Mets sent pitching prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SP Chris Bassitt. Bassitt was an named to his first all-star team last season, and has a career 3.44 ERA. The 33 year old righty has been far more than just a great pitcher thus far, as he has already been seen mentoring young arms like Tylor Megill and David Peterson. That being said, he has been excellent on the mound as well and has already struck out 20 batters through his first 3 starts. His mentorship and consistency will continue to be important to the success of the pitching staff.
The 2 pitchers may be vastly different in terms of their styles, but both have been major success stories this season.