Officially two series into this New York Mets 2023 season, they're sitting at 3-4. It is definitely not where they hoped it would be after they had so many expectations heading into this season. With the Mets heading into their home opener licking their wombs, they had to wonder what is the main problem with this team and its slow start.
We can point fingers at everyone involved like the offense being shut out in back-to-back games against the Brewers and the bullpen at times showing they're not as strong and elite without Edwin Diaz as their closer. Well maybe it is a spot on the team where entering this season, we thought would be the team's biggest strength. That would be the Mets starting pitching.
The Mets biggest weakness may be their starting pitching
It is crazy to think that the Mets starting pitching who had all the hype entering this season would be the team's biggest weakness, it turns out it actually is. Let's start out with the Mets top pitcher on their roster Max Scherzer. In his first game starting this season against the Marlins, he got the win but did not have much of his best stuff only striking out six over six quality innings and giving up three runs with a homer to go along with it.
But in his second game starting against the Brewers on Tuesday, he was anything but dominating and it was concering for Mets fans to see. Scherzer gave up five runs on eight hits and the most troublesome part of this season was the fact they he gave up back to back to back home runs in the sixth inning. It's been an ugly start for Scherzer as he has a 6.35 ERA in two starts.
Another starter who did look as sharp was Carlos Carrasco who also got knocked around against Brewers. Cookie also gave up five runs in four innings and walked four plus a solo homer along the way. And to make matters worst, he had a pitch clock violation in the first inning before even throwing a pitch. The Mets are counting on Carrasco to build off his 15-win season from 2022 and he will need better results for his next start on Sunday against Miami. Plus, lefty David Peterson has looked a little rocky in his first two starts and in particular on Wednesday against the Brewers surrendering five runs over four.
Right now, the Mets starting pitching ERA is at 5.71 which is shocking seven games in. If there is any hope for the Mets to right the ship, rookie Kodai Senga looked solid in his first career start against the Marlins last Sunday and Tylor Megill was not bad either in his first start. Justin Verlander should be back soon as well. If they pitch at the potential the Mets think they can, and the rest of the rotation improves, there may be a turnaround. But for now, the Mets' biggest weakness is their rotation.