Ranking the 3 roster replacements for Kodai Senga after the latest injury update

This was why the Mets put an emphasis on depth this offseason.

Feb 14, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (34) walks out to
Feb 14, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (34) walks out to / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Tylor Megill

Tylor Megill entered spring training as the favorite to be the next-in-line starter for the Mets, should an injury transpire. Megill's averages in 2023 were not as strong as those of Jose Butto and Joey Lucchesi (4.70 ERA, 90 ERA+, 4.96 FIP in 126.1 innings pitched in 2023 for Megill). But has the most recent experience under his belt, which makes him the leading candidate entering spring ball.

After showing a lack of confidence and command in May and June, he was optioned to the minors to fix those, and then he came back strong, and put together a nice end fo the season. After getting roughed up by the sport's eventual No. 1 seeds (Baltimore and Atlanta) in his first two starts back, he pitched fine after that. He pitched to a 3.00 ERA in 45 innings in his final eight starts.

What also helps for Megill in the short term is that he always pitched well in April, when the weather is colder and hitters don't often connect on his fastball. Speaking of the fastball, he got shellacked by it because of control issues that allowed hitters to sit on the fastball. So Megill will have to show the command issues that he had last year are a thing of the past to keep him the favorite to make the team in Senga's absence.

Speaking of Senga and Megill, Megill used some of Senga's ghost fork action in his last start of the season, and he wound up pitching a career-high 7.1 innings in that game.

Besides, if Senga comes back in May and there are no other injuries to their rotation, the Mets can send him down without having to worry about him pitching in months other than April.

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