Right before the first game of the 2023 season, the New York Mets received the terrible news that they have lost another key player from their squad. The team announced that Justin Verlander would be placed on the disabled list after presenting a low-grade teres major strain. The recovery time for the injury is unknown.
Verlander comes to the team to replace Jacob deGrom as the co-ace of the rotation along with Max Scherzer, making up one of the best duos in baseball. Now the Mets have decided to call up Tylor Megill from the minors to fill Verlander's spot.
Mets pitcher Tylor Megill is set to replace Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander in the rotation in back-to-back years
Tylor Megill has gone from being a pitcher with little relevance in the team to a necessary and important arm. With the decision to have Megill replace Justin Verlander in the rotation, he becomes the Mets' home opener for the second year in a row when that wasn't what was supposed to happen.
Megill was competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this Spring Training after Jose Quintana's injury but lost to David Peterson. Now, just a few days after defining the rotation, he must fill the position of a pitcher that the Mets depend on significantly.
It sounds like a tall order to pull off, but Megill did the same thing last year when he was selected as the opening-day pitcher to replace deGrom. In that outing, Megill displayed phenomenal stuff while throwing 68 pitches, allowing just three hits and striking out six in five innings. One of the things that stood out on that occasion was that Megill's fastball reached 99.1 mph.
Now again he is asked to help the team with the loss of an ace. Megill has the stuff and arsenal to be part of the Mets' rotation and cover Verlander's absence with good performances.