Through the two weeks of the season, the New York Mets pitching staff is not where many expected it to be.
Most of this is due to injury, missing Edwin Diaz for the season and Justin Verlander so far unable to make his first Mets start. The starters have also struggled with control, and higher pitch counts have led to early and frequent bullpen usage. Because of this, the Mets have needed contributions from some unheralded arms across the roster. One of those, John Curtiss, has more than stepped up to the plate so far.
John Curtiss has been phenomenal to start the season for the New York Mets
After missing his entire 2022 season due to Tommy John surgery, Curtiss has been a revelation for a Mets bullpen that has sorely needs all the help it can get. Through 6.1 innings, Curtiss has a 1.72 ERA, with his only run allowed being on a home run in his first appearance of the season. Since then, Curtiss has scattered two hits across five innings with five strikeouts.
As the season progresses, he has seen his role increase as he gain manager Buck Showalter's support. In the Mets win over the San Diego Padres on April 10th, Curtiss was tasked with the top of arguably the best lineup in baseball, and got out of the inning without a run.
Part of the reason Mets fans should hope to see more action from Curtiss is due to how other bullpen arms have been struggling out of the gate. Adam Ottavino and David Robertson have been stellar, but the Mets need them to get the last six outs of ballgames. Outside of those two and Curtiss, the rest of the bullpen has a collective ERA of 6.89.
With multiple relievers out to rocky starts, Curtiss will have a crucial role going forward. If he is able to keep his play on this level, Curtiss should win over the hearts of Mets fans while being a focal point of the Mets bullpen, for now and for the playoffs.