The New York Mets aren’t invincible but at the same time it’s hard to imagine them falling this season because of their starting rotation. Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer alone give them a one-two punch that practically guarantees at least one victory if they pitch on back-to-back days as it did most recently in their series against the Philadelphia Phillies and then the Atlanta Braves. If nothing else, the Mets will always have a shot at winning when either of them starts.
Starting pitching power becomes even more important when the postseason begins. Because the schedule changes so much and clubs now only need three or four starters for the haul, those clubs with top-heavy rotations get a little extra benefit. Who could possibly receive this more than the 2022 Mets?
It’s a howitzer no other team looks capable of matching.
The Mets starting rotation is top-heavy yet also deep enough to take on anyone
The Mets might not finish the year with the best starting staff. The reason for this is easily explained by the lengthy absence of deGrom and Scherzer’s missing month or so. But even if we look beyond this pair, the other Mets starters have been pretty terrific.
The trio of Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker have held down the fort well this year even through injuries of their own. Along with regular appearances from David Peterson and even Trevor Williams, it’s a deep crew that goes beyond just five.
Having such a deep rotation doesn’t necessarily help in October unless someone goes down with an injury. You can add those extra pieces to your bullpen—something that is going to create a lot of extra thought for this ball club as they are also able to add Tylor Megill into the equation.
The Mets aren't the only team with a dangerous starting rotation
Only the Los Angeles Dodgers might have a more formidable starting rotation. However, what they’re doing is far more based on some unexpectedly awesome performances. Who saw this coming from Tyler Anderson in 2022? Andrew Heaney actually looks good for them. Who is this Tony Gonsolin character anyway?
One could argue the Dodgers have gotten more from some of their starters than even the most sophisticated simulation could predict. The Mets, on the other hand, seem to be getting exactly what they should have.
There haven’t been any spectacular surprises from this Mets staff. They were supposed to be good. Most of the numbers could have easily been predicted. Walker only recently saw his ERA take a nosedive but it’s still respectable enough and even when it was at its best, it wasn’t completely unreasonable.
What the Mets have now that they didn’t have in 2015 is experience in the postseason. deGrom has already tasted it. Scherzer has been there plenty of teams. Carrasco, too, knows what it’s like to pitch in October. Together with raw talent, it can give this Mets rotation such an advantage over any other.
It is no waltz to the World Series, however. The Atlanta Braves can hit and in a short series they can avoid putting a dud on the mound. The Philadelphia Phillies have a rotation that can shut down the Mets offense, too. The same can be said of the St. Louis Cardinals and even the playoff-hopeful Milwaukee Brewers.
Then there are the San Diego Padres. They already showed off against the Mets earlier this year in two separate series. Their starting rotation has already done the job against Amazins before. But with each team having much different starting lineups and at full strength, the series can tilt in either direction.
All of the best teams in the National League are where they are because of their starting pitching. It’s practically a requirement to even have a shot to go far. Fortunately, for the 2022 Mets, things have worked out even in the face of injuries.