2) The Mets have a lot of great starting pitching and more to come
Starting pitching has been a huge weapon for the Mets early on this season. Tylor Megill has been a revelation. He isn’t just replacing Jacob deGrom on the roster. He’s doing Jacob deGrom things.
Max Scherzer looks like he’s worth every penny and Chris Bassitt is pitching his way into a contract extension or at least a nice deal in the offseason. Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker have also turned around from their weak finishes to the 2021 campaign. While there are hiccups at times, they have slotted in nicely for the back of the rotation.
All of this is being accomplished without deGrom and doesn’t even include the success David Peterson had in his small sample of starts. The Mets relievers aren’t blowing a lot of games because the starting pitching has done its job far more often than not.
The Mets began the preseason with what many expected could be the best starting rotation in the game. The deGrom injury sure did rain on some expectations. However, promising beginnings for everyone else and Megill’s rise have eased those fears.
Often, the best teams win the World Series because they outpitch their opponents. This is precisely how the 2022 Mets are winning games.