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The Mets Announce 2024 Starting Rotation, Tylor Megill Makes Final Cut

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What a difference a year makes as the 2024 New York Mets will start the season without their top pitcher in Kodai Senga and with a brand new crew from just a year ago.

Tylor Megill, who started the season last year with the club after Justin Verlander went down with an injury, earned the last spot in the rotation and will hold the spot until possibly Senga returns, who is nursing a shoulder injury and will be out to at least May.

So Megill will join Opening Day starter Jose Quintana, along with newcomers Luis Severino, Sean Manaea, and Adrian Houser.

Megill had some solid outings in his first four spring appearances before allowing four runs on five hits through 3.5 innings on March 17th. Overall, he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 10.2 innings pitched this spring. The 28 year old right hander, started 25 games in 2023, and won nine games, but opponents batted .282 against him and his ERA hovered close to 5.00 (4.70).

The 2024 Mets don’t look to have a rotation that will dominate games, but they do have pitchers capable of going out on the mound and providing solid innings for a team looking for a spark to their season and possibly even a postseason run in September.

Quintana was not able to start the 2023 season with the Mets after an injury forced him to miss the first half, only to join the club in Mid July and finish with a 3-6 record, and a 3.57 ERA through 13 starts. Now the Arjona, Colombian native takes the ball on Opening Day, with an opportunity to help the team start on the right foot.

Severino is the dark horse for the Mets as he has the greatest upside of anyone else in the rotation. The former New York Yankees starter, and two-time All Star, won 19 games in 2018 and after struggling the last few seasons due to injuries, he is finally healthy and able to be the spark the Mets need on the mound.

Severino had a very good spring, as he tossed nine innings, allowing just one earned run, on five hits, striking out eight batters, winning one game in three starts, with a 1.00 ERA.

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Manaea has pitched with three other clubs before he signed a free agent contract with the Mets in the offseason. Entering the 2024 season, he has 65 career wins, a 4.10 ERA in 166 starts. In three spring starts, he was 2-1, with a 3.09 ERA and 14 strikeouts in five innings.

To round out the rotation, Houser, who has been in the league since 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers, comes to the Mets via trade with the Brew Crew.  He has 31 career wins in 97 starts, spanning 129 games played and has 439 strikeouts in 539.1 career innings pitched.  In 2023, he was 8-5, with a 4.12 ERA and opponents batted .253 against him. Houser did not pitch very well this spring, as he was 0-2, with a 5.25 ERA, but if he and Megill can do their jobs and earn victories until Senga returns, it could help the Mets avoid a first half of losing baseball.

With a revamped pitching staff, all the pressure will be on the new guys to keep the Mets within the top of the NL East. It can’t get any worse then what it was in 2023, or can it?

Hoping for the best for 2024!

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