The New York Mets are entering the 2022 season with an elite rotation and high expectations. As they enter the second season of the Steve Cohen Era, the Mets roster looks ready to compete.
The Mets have made concrete moves to solidify this rotation already. The league was already on notice after Cohen was able to pair Jacob deGrom with Max Scherzer. However, starters only play once every five games, so the team was in serious need of some depth.
Current Rotation Outlook:
This rotation will be headlined by Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Manager Buck Showalter already confirmed that deGrom will be on the hill for opening day, with Scherzer taking the bump for game two.
Just this past week, the Mets traded for All-Star Chris Bassitt. The former Oakland Athletic was 10th in Cy Young voting this past season and has a WHIP under 1.300 for the past four seasons. Bassitt is aging like a fine wine, with his only all-star appearance coming this past season, and his ERA seemingly improving with each season.
Bassitt will be the third starter, with Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco closing out the rotation. Walker is reportedly behind schedule after having knee surgery this offseason. He is taking things slow so far but has not ruled out an opening day return.
On their roster, the Mets have a few depth pieces. The Mets have David Peterson waiting in the wings in case of injury. Peterson has had an up and down career in his time with the Mets. He has flashed brilliance in some starts while looking utterly lost in others. As the only lefty on the roster, he is a good piece to have.
In addition to Peterson, the Mets have Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams, and Jordan Yamamoto. In terms of extra arms, this is a great bunch. Peterson and Yamamoto are young arms who sit around a low 4 ERA. Williams is more experienced, entering his seventh year in the big leagues, with similar production.
These are great swing pieces, that can be used in the bullpen but are ready to start and be solid at a moment’s notice. The addition of Bassitt solidifies this rotation as solid from top to bottom.
I don’t think the Mets are going to try and obtain another starter this offseason. Their focus until the season starts will likely be on strong relievers and solid depth pieces on offense. Once the lockout ended, it was reported that the Mets weren’t going after any more offensive juggernauts. However, this does not preclude them from searching for depth.
If the Mets were to make a splash before the season starts, it would be to trade for a guy like Josh Hader. An elite bullpen arm that solidifies this team as a contender. I don’t expect any more moves for the rotation this offseason.