Tylor Megill 'ecstatic' to be part of Mets' first combined no-hitter: 'I’m just proud of these guys'

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Tylor Megill big smile hoodie after no-hitter
Tylor Megill big smile hoodie after no-hitter

The start of the 2022 season for Tylor Megill has been a whirlwind, to say the least.

Coming in to spring training as likely the odd man out of a star-studded rotation, the 26-year-old not only ended up making the rotation because of Jacob deGroms injury, but he ended up making the Opening Day start.

And now he can add a new line to his resume: starting the second no-hitter in Mets history.

Megill tossed five hitless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night before turning things over the bullpen. Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to go the rest of the way, as the Mets threw the 17th combined no-hitter in MLB history, beating the Phillies, 3-0.

For Megill, it was the first no-hitter he’s ever been part of, and the normally stoic right-hander couldn’t help but crack a smile after the game.

“I’m ecstatic, it’s crazy. It’s the first one I’ve been a part of,” Megill said with a grin.

James McCann, who was behind the plate for the historic night then joked: “Can’t you tell how excited he is?”

Despite being such a relatively unexperienced pitcher at the big league level, Megill has always maintained a very cool and calm demeanor, never letting it seem like the moment was too big for him. And that was the case again on Friday.

Friday night's game may have been the first no-no for Megill personally, but he’ll always be proud to share this moment with the four other pitchers who took the mound, as well as McCann.

“It was exciting,” Megill said of watching his teammates finish the game. “It’s a team game and all of these guys came in, filled up the zone, did their job, just fearless and attacking hitters. It’s the first one that I’ve been a part of, and I’m glad it’s with this group of guys.

“I’m just proud of these guys.”

So far this season, everything seems to be aligning for Megill, as he’s pitched to a 1.93 ERA, taking his opportunity and running with it.

On Friday night, it was the stars that aligned for Megill.

“It’s been special,” Megill said of his season to date. “Obviously, the circumstances of what happened – I guess the cards that were dealt for me and just going out and doing my thing. At the end of the day, I’m going out and just pitching. I try not to think too much about it and just go out and do my job, trying to help this team collectively win game.”