Mets' Tylor Megill recaps first season, looks ahead to 2022: 'It's time to work and get better'

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Tylor Megill low angle grey uniform towel over shoulder
Tylor Megill low angle grey uniform towel over shoulder

Tylor Megill’s first season in the majors was bit of a rollercoaster.

After seemingly coming out of nowhere to get the call to the big leagues at a time when the Mets were desperate for starting pitching depth, Megill got off to a tremendous start, as he pitched to a 2.04 ERA over his first seven starts with the club.

But as the calendar flipped to August, Megill’s season took a turn, as his next 10 starts saw him post a 6.75 ERA with 15 home runs allowed.

Through it all, though, Megill kept the same calm demeanor, and in his 18th and final start of the season, he finished on a strong note, pitching 5.0 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit in a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

“That’s how you finish, on that type of note in your first major league season,” Luis Rojas said afterwards. “That’s good. There’s a lot to take into the offseason for him. We talked about also some of the adversity, but going out with an outing like this, the way he threw the ball and the way his fastball was carrying, that’s also really good.”

“Very important,” Megill said of his outing. “Being able to go out there and throw well your last time and having that high that you threw well and you had success going into the offseason knowing you finished strong. Just keep that momentum going through the offseason and get ready for the next.”

While his season was very up and down, Megill ended up giving the Mets 18 important starts while pitching to a 4.52 ERA, not too shabby for an unknown commodity coming into the year.

“With the need that we [had] at the time when he got the call-up, we didn’t expect Megill to just come in and stay planted here in the rotation, but he made a case for himself and is here and his last game of the season is the third to last day of the season,” Rojas said. “He’s been part of this rotation for the most part, and he earned it.”

Now, with a season of major league experience under his belt, the goal for Megill is to take all of the knowledge he picked up this season and come back ready to go in 2022.

“The experience, being up here, playing with the best, just trying to soak and absorb everything that I can and take it into my game with things here and things there,” Megill explained. “For the most part, just taking it all in. You get to do it one time as a rookie, so on to the next one. Now it’s time to work and get better.

“You’ve got to be able to execute all of your pitches in the strike zone, and if you don’t do that then things aren’t going to go well for you. You could have the best stuff but if you’re not executing and getting ahead, these hitters are so good that they can just sit a pitch and hit it.”