That’s why I could never be a manager in baseball, because I’m taking not taking out Scherzer after seeing him pitch a perfect game for 6 innings. Either way, congrats to the 2022 Mets for making the playoffs. Of course it’s the NL East division that we really need to win, but seeing as the Braves never lose to anyone but us, that’s going to be a very tough hill to climb.
Losing Scherzer would be scary for us esp. with deGrom out for who knows how long.
I know that Megill likes to keep it cool, but this is easily the biggest start of his career.
Starved for pitching with Jacob deGrom set to begin the season on the injured list and Max Scherzer potentially sidelined for Opening Day, the Mets have discussed a trade that could bring Padres starter Chris Paddack to New York, along with veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer. Sources confirmed the talks, though it remains unclear where the Mets’ interest level lies.
One version of the proposed trade, as first reported by The Athletic, would have Paddack, Hosmer, reliever Emilio Pagán and cash going to the Mets for Dominic Smith. Such a deal would provide the Mets with a much-needed starting pitcher, albeit one who produced a 5.07 ERA last season. The Mets would also take on the veteran Hosmer but receive money to offset part of the $60 million he’s owed over the next four seasons.
I understand how bad the Mets suddenly need pitching with deGrom going down and Scherzer now having hamstring issues, but the Mets can not make this deal. Dom Smith still the potential to be a huge star in the major leagues and in Hosmer, Paddack and Pagan you’d be receiving 3 players all coming off subpar seasons. Better to give McGill, Carrasco and Walker a couple of months to see what they can do before pressing the panic button like this so early on. By the way, do the Mets not know that vets like Johnny Cueto and Julio Teheran are still out there on the open market?
Scherzer is arguably the best pitcher in the game. But $40M per year for 3 years when you could’ve gotten Stroman and Baez for around the same just seems ludicrous to me. And what about the rest of our rotation? There’s no guarantee that DeGrom will be 100% ready by the start of the season. Walker is a lock to start, but he had an awful 2nd half of 2021. I like Tylor Megill a lot, but how much can he give you over a full season? I’d definitely bring Rich Hill back to be a 5th starter. That said, I’d call Zack Greinke’s agent and see how much he wants.
Two wins in a row gets him to 7 total. And you have to figure that if everything stays on track, deGrom has about 6 or 7 starts left in him before the season ends. Felix Hernandez won a Cy Young with only 13 wins not too long ago. If deGrom stays atop in the ERA race and can get to double digits in victories, I think that he has a chance to win the award for baseball’s best pitcher even if Max Scherzer is having an MVP-type year.