Mets’ rotation continues to come up big without Kodai Senga

One of the pleasant surprises of the Mets’ recently improved play has been the performance of a battered starting rotation without Kodai Senga and Tyler Megill.

In Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Pirates, this staff posted a 3.48 ERA, which was tops in the National League and sixth in the majors, and also ranked fifth in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings.

And until Jose Quintana held Pittsburgh to one run in five innings on Tuesday, the rotation’s 3.63 ERA was seventh overall.

Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner isn’t too concerned about those numbers.

Instead, he looks at the overall performance of his staff.

Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana defended the Mets in the game against the Pirates. Jason Zenz writes for the New York Post

“Even without Chiga, I thought we had a really good pitching staff,” Hefner said. “Depth with Jose [Butto] and [Joey] Lucchesi and young players are coming. ”

One of those players appears to be Christian Scott. He started at Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, striking out seven in 5¹/₃ innings, and has struck out 26 batters in 14¹/₃ innings in three starts this year.

The 24-year-old Mets’ 2021 fifth-round pick out of the University of Florida has clearly caught the attention of the organization and head of baseball operations David Stearns.

“What Christian Scott did was amazing and frankly, what a lot of us expected him to do,” Stearns said Tuesday. “He’s a great pitcher, he’s in good shape, he’s healthy. We expected him to be successful. All he has to do is keep doing it, and I think he’s doing well. I am confident that I can accomplish this and will be ready when the opportunity arises.”

Scott replaced Dom Hummel and Mike Bashir as the team’s top pitching candidate.

Jose Butto
Jose Buto dominated Sunday against the Royals. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

The 26-year-old Butt is a good addition to the rotation, but the Mets will need more strength at some point after an unsuccessful experiment with Julio Teheran, who was drafted after a lackluster start. There is no doubt that it will happen.

Stearns declined to say exactly when Chiga might return due to his shoulder injury, but Chiga will be sidelined until at least late May, but the right-hander will be required for the 60-day period. He said he did not expect him to be out for longer than expected. Illinois.

In the meantime, Stearns hopes the tissue is thick enough to stay above the water.

“I think they’re doing a really great job,” Stearns said of the depth. “For Butt to come out and give us a very competitive game and bowl at a very high level gives us confidence that we’re in a good position right now.

“We have a lot of quality weapons here that will be healthy in the next month or so, so that will help. But we’re always looking to improve.”