You can’t script baseball even if you have Kevin Costner involved in the project. This year’s New York Mets season hasn’t gone as planned—maybe for the better.
The Mets are in first place and have been for much of 2022. How they’ve done it is a mix of the stars stepping up and role players inching forward into bigger gigs. Usually we can expect things like this to happen throughout the year. However, like with all screenplays, there are rewrites and studios that have other plans in mind.
Not everything has gone the way fans planned. For better or worse, there have been revisions.
1) NY Mets haven’t had their back-to-back aces for the first two acts
The Mets were going to win the division and maybe more on the backs of Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer stepping on the hill on back-to-back days throughout the season. Maybe there would be a minor injury or two. Instead, it took deGrom until more than halfway through the year before he even made his season debut.
Scherzer also missed some time, leaving the Mets with zero aces. That is unless you consider Taijuan Walker’s year or what Chris Bassitt has given them or even the reliability David Peterson or Trevor Williams have offered.
Aces can be useful. It definitely should feel good to have deGrom and Scherzer on this roster. But it wasn’t that duo that carried the Mets through most of 2022. It was everyone else.
The deGrom to Scherzer or vice versa on the probable pitchers list will give New York an advantage most clubs don’t have when it comes to the postseason. Put any other rotation against this one, it’s tough to beat the Amazins.
If the Mets season was a screenplay, the late arrival of the deGrom-Scherzer duo could be a twist for the final act. In this case, an unexpected hero arrives to help the good guys.