Mets' Tylor Megill gaining confidence after five strong innings against Brewers: 'Now, it's just baseball'

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Tylor Megill in windup home whites
Tylor Megill in windup home whites

With recent injuries to David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi, the Mets have been searching for options in the back end of the rotation.

But rookie Tylor Megill, who made just his third start on Monday night, is pushing himself into much more than the spot-start discussion.

After allowing just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out seven Milwaukee Brewers in five innings on Monday, one could see why.

And after that performance against a first-place team, Megill already has the confidence of a veteran.

“I’m definitely a lot more comfortable than I was my first start. Now, it’s just baseball and going out there each and every time and just competing," Megill told reporters after Monday's 4-2 victory.

With a 3.77 ERA (six earned runs/14.1 innings) in his three starts, he's given the Mets much more than what they asked for when they first called him up.

"It’s been impressive so far. His pitch repertoire with his calmness, I think right out of the shoot, facing these two good teams immediately, he gets a test, a big test, to be part of this rotation like he is. He’s doing for us… more than what we need. He’s been outstanding," manager Luis Rojas said.

Those words of encouragement mean a lot to the 25-year-old.

“It gives me a lot of confidence that Rojas has that trust in me every fifth day and throw," he said. "It’s exciting. I’m just trying to put myself and the team in the best position possible to win each time I go out there. It’s not about me all the time, it’s about the team.”

Megill utilized his changeup effectively against Milwaukee - he said he has come "pretty far" with that pitch over the last 18 months.

"I’ve always had it, but now it seems like the past year-and-a-half, it’s totally starting to flourish, and it’s coming full circle with that pitch. I’m able to command it now and throw it where I want to.”

More impressive than his repertoire, though, is his poise, says Rojas.

"This guy, he’s calm and cool throughout the game. He’s faced two teams, he’s had three outings, he’s faced two really good teams. Different approaches – this is a different team than the Braves are. These guys don’t chase much, and he was able to attack. Walked two guys, but he kept attacking. He kept getting swings and misses in the zone, he was confident with all his pitches. He threw some of them behind the count facing one of the best hitters in the game like Christian Yelich a couple of times. Just being able to throw pitches."

And more importantly for Megill, his parents got to see him pitch in a big league game for the first time on Monday.

"It was exciting. Every since I was a little kid, it's what I've dreamed of. They finally got to make it out to their first game together as a family, so it was exciting. I'm glad they came here."