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Early Look at the 2022 Mets: Pitchers

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I recently examined the 2022 outlook for the Mets’ offense, where the front office seemingly has a number of holes to fill over the next four months. The pitching is not in a much different place, with a lot of potential but also a number of question marks. Despite Steve Cohen’s deep pockets, there is still a limit on how much will be spent, and the Mets’ top executives (whoever they end up being) will have to allocate it wisely.

Starting Pitchers

Jacob deGrom
Taijuan Walker
Carlos Carrasco
Tylor Megill
David Peterson

That list doesn’t exactly scream World Series contender. While each one of those names has a high ceiling, each also showed reason for doubt in 2021. deGrom was having maybe the most dominant season of all time, until dragging injury concerns caused him to miss the back half of the year. Walker and Megill were both having great seasons, until they regressed in August and September. Carrasco was injured, then performed poorly; Peterson performed poorly, then got injured.

It is clear that this team probably needs multiple starting pitching additions in order to compete next year. Unfortunately, there aren’t many perfect free-agent options available. The best pitcher of the group is likely Max Scherzer, although he would likely come on a very expensive short-term deal, and the Mets have multiple other needs to fill. It’s possible the team would be best served signing multiple lower-tier pitchers like Anthony DeSclafani, Wade Miley, or Alex Wood. There also remains the possibility of Noah Syndergaard returning, qualifying offer or not.

Relief Pitchers

Edwin Diaz
Seth Lugo
Trevor May
Miguel Castro
Drew Smith
Trevor Williams

The Mets’ bullpen certainly took a hit with the losses of Aaron Loup and Jeurys Familia. At the start of this offseason, the team has at least two spots to fill in the bullpen. They should certainly look into re-signing Loup, although he may come with a high price tag after his excellent 2021. On the higher end, proven closers like Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel are available. However, relievers have proven to be the least predictable performers in baseball, and with several holes in the roster, the Mets may again be best served by buying low on several different relievers.

On the whole, this Mets team still maintains a talented core, but it will need to be built on significantly in the coming months in order to compete in 2022. With the team in need of at least two big bats, one upper-end starting pitcher, and multiple relievers, Mets’ fans can at least look forward to an offseason rife with rumors and free agent speculation.

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David Murtha is an MLB writer covering the New York Mets as well as general baseball news. He is a lifelong Mets fan born and raised in Queens. He is also currently a student at Stony Brook University studying biology, and has previously written for other online publications.