Starting pitching failures dim future hope
The biggest reason why this season had so much promise was because of the guys they would put on the mound. Believe it or not, the 2022 campaign ended so soon due to the disbelief in the lack of production the Mets got from those guys.
Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Chris Bassitt were all given an opportunity to lead the Mets to their first NL East title in seven years and a bye to the NLDS if just one of them could pick up a win in Atlanta during the last weekend of the regular season. They were all even given a lead in every game of the series, but still not one of them could hold onto it.
The struggles for Scherzer and Bassitt carried over into the playoffs and they combined to give up 10 earned runs in 7.2 innings. That’s just not going to cut it for two guys making a combined $52 million this year.
Any time a team gets eliminated from the postseason, fans instantly start to wonder what’s next. With Jacob deGrom set to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, meshed together with the rough outings from Scherzer and Bassitt in the Wild Card Series, it’s really difficult to be excited about the future of the New York Mets pitching rotation. And without starting pitching, with some consistent help from the offense, it’s almost impossible to succeed.