|Mets Manager Buck Showalter and General Manager Billy Eppler during spring training. @Mets.|
The Mets, with new manager Buck Showalter at the helm, open the season on Thursday night in Washington against the Nationals, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m., and they released their opening day roster hours ahead of taking the field.
One big difference from recent seasons is who will be taking the mound for the Mets. With Jacob deGrom placed on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction on his right spacula, it will be Tylor Megill.
It was assumed Megill, who had a solid rookie season in 2021, would take his spot in the rotation, with everyone else, including Max Scherzer, moving up a spot, and with this move he literally did. Part of it could be affected by Scherzer having a hamstring issue in the final week of spring training, so they probably did not want to move him up from his start Friday night.
Last season, Megill went 4-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts, with 99 strikeouts, and allowed 88 hits, 46 runs (45 earned), 27 walks, and 19 home runs.
Other players on the injured list in addition to deGrom are: RHP Joey Lucchesi (60-day IL reovering from "Tommy John" surgery), and RHP Jake Reed (10-day IL with a left oblique strain). LHP David Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
New York Mets 2022 Opening Day 28-man roster (provided by the team):
Pitchers (14): RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Edwin Díaz, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Tylor Megill, RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, LHP Joely Rodríguez, RHP Max Scherzer, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Drew Smith, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Trevor Williams
Catchers (2): James McCann, Tomás Nido
Infielders (7): Pete Alonso, Robinson Canó, J.D. Davis, Eduardo Escobar, Luis Guillorme, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil
Outfielders (5): Mark Canha, Travis Jankowski, Starling Marte, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith