2 Mets concerns beginning to fade away, 1 that will continue to linger
By Tim Boyle
NY Mets concern fading away: The starting rotation is improving
Yes, Carlos Carrasco didn’t look very good in his return from the IL on Friday. Justin Verlander’s most recent outing isn’t something he’ll talk about in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech either. But we’ve seen three other very good performances from Max Scherzer, Kodai Senga, and Tylor Megill. Three out of five ain’t bad.
The starting rotation has easily been the biggest disappointment of the season. The Mets were supposed to have a starting five we could count on. Even beyond whoever they had on the roster at a given time, we believed Megill and David Peterson would be able to step in and step up in anyone’s absence.
Questions about the rotation remain. Can Scherzer keep it going? Can Verlander find his rhythm? What, if anything, can we expect from Carrasco or even Jose Quintana who has been on the IL since the preseason?
The Mets don’t need to have the best rotation in baseball to win a championship. Signs of an improvement have eased some of those worries. There will be troublesome days where the Mets have to fight from behind no matter how well the aces perform for the remainder of the season.
Most of all, we want to see the Mets starting pitchers perform well enough to get them to the postseason. Once there, it’s an all-hands-on-deck situation.
Continue to grit your teeth in those early innings. Give yourself a break and don’t bite down on your tongue too hard.