4) NY Mets pitcher Tylor Megill needs to prove he can get anybody out
Tylor Megill has had an awfully similar year to Peterson. He's a guy who was not expected to be in the Opening Day rotation, but was forced into it thanks to the injuries to Quintana and Verlander. Megill lasted a little longer and his struggles weren't quite as pronounced as Peterson's, but he did not pitch well to begin his season.
The right-hander posted a 5.17 ERA in his first 15 starts of the season. He pitched pretty well in April, but even then, his 3.96 ERA was met with a 5.91 FIP. Megill had a ton of trouble simply throwing strikes, as he walked multiple batters in 12 of his 15 starts. For reference, he walked multiple players in an outing 12 times in his first two seasons. He went from a guy with strong command to no command. His walk rate went from 6.9% entering this season to 11.1% in 2023.
After struggling in AAA, the Mets brought Megill back to the rotation after the Verlander and Scherzer trades. This was more about needing an arm up than it was about Megill earning the opportunity. He did a better job limiting walks in his first start back, but he still allowed five runs in 4.2 innings in Baltimore.
The 28-year-old has a chance to show that he can start or at the very least pitch at this level. If he fails to do so, he could easily be in the minors to begin 2024.