Entering the 2022 Spring Training, New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill had no set role for himself on the team and in many ways was fighting for a spot on the roster.
Initially called up to the Mets mid-way through the 2021 season, Megill got a hot start in which he posted a 2.04 ERA of his first 7 starts, however, he had a rough August and September, and finished his rookie year with a 4.52 ERA over 18 starts.
With Jacob deGrom expected to return from injury and with the Mets signing Max Scherzer and later trading for Chris Bassitt over the off-season, it appeared as though Tylor Megill may not have a place for himself in starting rotation, and possibly the major league roster all together.
Mets pitcher Tylor Megill was an "Opening Day trivia question answer" with an even bigger distinction
After a series of events transpired in Megill's favor, with deGrom beginning the year on the IL and new manager Buck Showalter wanting to keep everyone in their allotted positions in the starting rotation, Megill was selected to be the Mets' Opening Day starter.
Initially regarded as an after thought and nothing more than the forgettable answer to a future Mets trivia question, Tylor Megill has quickly silenced his critics started out the year hotter than anyone could have predicted, going 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 27 strikeouts over his first 5 starts,
Everyone first took notice of this new and improved Tylor Megill after pitching 5 scoreless innings and striking out 6 batters against the Nationals in the first game of the season.
Now, after no-hitting the Phillies through the first 5 innings of Friday Night's game, as the Mets would go one to throw a combined 9 hitless innings in route to the second no-hitter in franchise history, Megill is an afterthought no longer.
In fact, with 4 wins under his belt to begin the year, Megill is tied for the league lead, and his 1.93 ERA is good enough for 10th best in the National League. He has very quickly gone from the "odd man out" to a fixture in the Mets' Starting Rotation and potential All-Star to boot.
Whether or not Megill can keep up this consistency moving forward remains to be seen, but if he does, Mets fans can easily expect to see him be handed the ball every 5th day for years to come.