4 Mets redemption stories we should all root to see take place this year
3) NY Mets redemption story: Joey Lucchesi arrives and is a multi-inning force in the bullpen
Do you know who is most sick of hearing about Endy Rodriguez? It’s Joey Lucchesi. The guy the Mets acquired from the San Diego Padres in the three-team deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Lucchesi has a nice shot at becoming a feel-good story in 2023.
Back from Tommy John Surgery, Lucchesi’s best contribution could end up as a lefty reliever and occasional long-man out of the bullpen. He may even get a shot to start although I think most Mets fans would prefer Tylor Megill or David Peterson as much as possible. Lucchesi can handle the starts in more of an opener role with three innings to help get the Mets through the first third of any game.
When Lucchesi first came to the Mets in 2021 there was a thought he could eventually slot into the back of the rotation. The same feelings have gone down the drain in recent years. Missing the entire 2022 season will do that for a guy.
Rodriguez can become the next Pirates superstar they end up having to trade six years into his career for all we care. Lucchesi’s redemption story, if it leads to the Mets winning the 2023 World Series, will be worth it. Steve Cohen can just go out and buy Rodriguez when he becomes a free agent.