Mets Sign John Curtiss

The Mets have made a move that wouldn’t help them in 2022, as they signed John Curtiss to a major league deal. Curtiss is currently rehabbing from his TJS and will miss the entire 2022 season. The Mets made this move for his cheap team option in 2023. He is signed for 770.000 this year with a 775.000 team option.

In 2022 Curtiss pitched to a 3.45 ERA after a 2.48 ERA with the Marlins, before he got hurt. In 44.1 innings, he pitched to a 3.82FIP and 1.23 WHIP. The 29 year old righty has a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings since 2019.

This is a very smart move by the Mets. Worst case scenario is losing close to 1.5 mil, but if the rehab goes well they added a solid reliever without spending a lot. With some prime Mets relievers in their last season before hitting free agency, this could be a very important move.

The Mets also made some other moves as they put Chasen Shreve and Travis Jankowski on the 40 man roster. Both will make the team out of spring training. To make room, the Mets DFA’d Travis Blankenhorn and Jordan Yamamoto

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Mets send down Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been sent down to MiLB camp today. The Hawaiian born right-hander had an impressive spring as he was in competition for a spot in the rotation.

Although he’s only pitched in three games, he does owns a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched while also having struck out five. Even though the former second-round pick doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball, he does know how to work his secondary pitches really well.

With this move, it looks like the Mets will utilize a rotation with two lefties included. The first being David Peterson and the latter being the newly acquired Joey Lucchesi.

While it was pretty much expected that Peterson would have a job on the MLB club, Lucchesi may come as a surprise to some. However, it probably won’t come as too much as a surprise.

This spring Lucchesi appeared in three games and has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. While these numbers may not be a good as Yamamoto’s, it’s important to point out the Lucchesi has gotten batters to swing and miss more often.

The Mets may choose to skip Lucchesi’s first start of the season, being that there’s two days off within the first 10 days. This will give the Mets a fresh arm to use a couple of weeks later while not pushing the limitations of the starters in the rotation.

With everything said and done, we’ll see a healthy portion of Jordan Yamamoto this year. The right-hander has a ton of talent and knows how to put an incredible amount of movement on his pitches.

Who Fills Carlos Carrasco’s Spot in the Rotation?

With the injury today of Carlos Carrasco, there becomes two major questions: will he be ready to go for the first turn in the rotation, and if not, who takes his place?

Earlier this morning, March 18, the Mets announced that Carlos Carrasco has a strained hamstring. This injury could take varying amounts of time. Until we have more clarity about how long this will sideline the starting pitcher, we have to wonder who will take his rotation if he is not ready for opening day. Carrasco is currently awaiting the results of an MRI, which should provide more answers.

(THIS IS ALL ASSUMING HE IS HURT ON OPENING DAY)

The Rotation Right Now

  1. Jacob DeGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Carlos Carrasco (INJURED)
  4. Taijuan Walker
  5. David Peterson

There was a lot of discussion as to whether David Peterson would be the five starter for the Mets on opening day, but now there is no question that he will be in the rotation.

The primary question now, is who will be the new number five? This is where the depth the Mets acquired in the off-season finally pays off.

The Candidates

The candidates are players that I believe have earned the right to be in this spot, not just any starting pitcher eligible.

Jordan Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been overly impressive this Spring. Yamamoto, 25, has pitched in 3 games this spring. He has pitched to a 1.08 ERA with a 0.960 WHIP over 8.1 IP. Granted, it is Spring Training, but Spring Training right now is the best evaluator of how he will pitch this season. I believe he has earned the right to be in the starting rotation, but there are still more pitchers to overview.

Robert Gsellman?

The main reason I have a question mark next to Gsellman’s name is because I’m not sure if he is ready to be a starter, or if the Mets want him to be. However, Gsellman has been having a good Spring. He hasn’t started yet, but was a starter at the beginning of his career with the Mets. He has pitched to a 2.25 ERA over 4 IP so far in Spring Training. The main issue is his WHIP- 1.750. He has given up six hits in those four innings, which leads to concerns about his ability to be a solid pitcher, let alone a starter. Either way, there should be a discussion had because of his past as a starter on the team.

Joey Lucchesi

The Mets three-team trade pickup has been dominant this Spring. He has pitched in 5 innings through two games, and has not given up a run. He also has been keeping people off base, with a 0.600 WHIP. The only baserunners he has allowed have come on three walks. Lucchesi has also struck out seven batters this spring. I think Lucchesi has a very good chance at cracking the rotation. He has a similar past in the Majors to Yamamoto, and has looked better in the Spring. The other thing that is in Lucchesi’s favor is his arm. He is a left-handed pitcher, something the Mets are always yearning to have more of. Having David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi in the rotation back-to-back would be tough for opponents. This is because teams normally need to change up their batting order to tackle a lefty.

Mike Montgomery

Montgomery is an interesting one. Another lefty, Montgomery has past starting experience. However, the Mets initial plan with him was to be a bullpen depth piece. That being said, the opportunity for him to start has to be discussed. He has only pitched in two games this Spring, but Luis Rojas said that they intend to stretch him out. Doing so allows the Mets to see how he will handle starting, and pitching long into games.

Corey Oswalt

This is a name that will probably confuse people. Oswalt is also the most high-risk high-reward player here. He was unbelievably dominant in his first and only outing of the Spring. He threw two innings, didn’t give up a baserunner, and struck out five. Those are numbers that someone would expect from Jacob DeGrom. Oswalt obviously needs more opportunities in the Spring, but those numbers normally would make him a clear favorite. However, it is his past at the MLB level. Oswalt has pitched to a career 6.19 ERA in 23 games, splitting time as a starter and reliever over the course of three seasons.

Who Gets the Spot?

I think there are really only three players that are finalists here- Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Lucchesi, and Corey Oswalt.

My personal choice would be Joey Lucchesi. I believe he has a very high upside, and having another lefty arm in the rotation can be very important for a few starts. Granted, this may only be for one or two starts at the beginning of the season, but this may actually matter more than most may think. The person that gets this spot, is also considered the top backup for when anyone else is injured.

As of right now, Lucchesi has impressed me the most. However, I think it will come down to who puts out the best final Spring Training starts.

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MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets 3 – Nationals 4

The Hawaiian born pitcher Jordan Yamamoto squared off against Juan Soto and the Nationals, and looked good besides giving up a run.

In his third appearance of the Spring, Yamamoto had his ERA bumped up to 1.08 after pitching 3.1 innings. The right-hander gave up a run a 2-out double by Nationals first baseman Josh Bell.

Kevin Pillar swiped two bags while holding down center field this evening. While he didn’t collect a hit, he did reach base via base on balls and has a .353 batting average.

A common theme for the Mets have been great pitching. While they did score four runs, not a single player on the team had an RBI.

Edwin Diaz continues to impress this spring, as well. The reliever pitched a perfect inning while striking out two. Diaz has yet to let up a run and owns a 0.00 in three innings pitched.

Miguel Castro and Drew Smith would each put in a scoreless inning, both having yet to surrender any runs this spring. A pretty impressive effort from both right-handers.

However, the Mets would end up losing the contest in the bottom part of the ninth inning when Yasmany Tomas singled off of Ryley Gilliam. It’s Gilliam’s first blown save of the Spring and now has a 16.20 ERA.

Yamamoto sharp against Nationals

The Hawaiian born pitcher Jordan Yamamoto squared off against Juan Soto and the Nationals, and looked good besides giving up a run.

In his third appearance of the Spring, Yamamoto had his ERA bumped up to 1.08 after pitching 3.1 innings. The right-hander gave up a run a 2-out double by Nationals first baseman Josh Bell.

Yamamoto might not be the favorite to land a spot in the back-end of the Major League rotation, but the talent is clearly promising.

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