5 important Mets spring training storylines to keep your eyes glued to

Mets spring training stories to follow under the St. Lucie sunshine.

Mar 19, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) and New York
Mar 19, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) and New York / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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2) The first battle between the starting pitching depth pieces

The Mets unequivocally have some of the best starting pitching depth in baseball. This isn’t bowing down to Tylor Megill, David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi, and Jose Butto. None have proven they should stick around on the major league roster yet. However, in comparison to so many other ball clubs, the choices are so much more minimal. We should appreciate at least having four players who’ve held their own at some point in the majors.

Peterson’s injury status won’t allow him to be a part of the spring training battle for depth supremacy. The other three will be able to knock each other off and push closer to a major league spot. The Mets have a habit of starting the year with at least one expected pitcher on the IL. How any of these guys perform in the spring could direct who they choose.

Far too many factors will come into play during the regular season as to which one(s) get promoted. Availability on short notice sometimes takes precedence over the results on the field. Things like getting the best matchup possible will be weighed, too.

Equally as important for these starting pitching depth pieces is to show early on that they shouldn’t be passed by any of the up-and-coming prospects. Guys like Christian Scott and Mike Vasil are contenders later on this season for starts. Although the starting depth pieces are returning, it’s a new coaching staff and front office. A solid first impression will go a long way whereas a blowup in St. Lucie could have them falling down the depth chart fast.