2022 New York Mets
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2022 New York Mets / Franchise: New York Mets / BR Team Page
Managed by Buck Showalter
History, Comments, Contributions
After a turbulent and disappointing season in 2021, the 2022 New York Mets got out of the gate like gangbusters. After 20 games, they had the best record in the majors at 14-6, and in game 21 pulled off a feat only seen once before in the team's six-decade history as five pitchers combined to no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0. Tylor Megill started things off with 5 innings to pick up his 4th win of the season, bu had to leave after having throw 88 pitches, having reached his pitch count limit. He had walked three batters during his stint, and there would be three more walks issued, for a total of 159 pitches, before the sfeat was completed. Succeeding Megill on the mound were Drew Smith, with 1 1/3 innings, Joely Rodríguez with 1, Seth Lugo with two-thirds, and closer Edwin Diaz who struck out the side in the 9th. Only Johan Santana in 2012 had ever pitched a no-hitter for the Mets, although his was of the complete game variety.
The Mets had been very busy during the off-season, first dismissing manager Luis Rojas and most of his coaching staff. They hired veteran manager Buck Showalter, who had been retired for a few years, to replace him, and were very active on the transaction front, both before and after the 2021-2022 lockout. They first signed P Max Scherzer for three years and $130 million, and followed that with signing OFs Mark Canha and Starling Marte. When spring training started, they traded for P Chris Bassitt, acquired from the Oakland Athletics, and 2B Robinson Canó returned after serving a year's suspension for PED usage. The addition of two starting pitchers was particularly welcome as ace Jacob deGrom, who had missed the second half of 2021 with an injury, was once again injured in spring training, putting him on the shelf for another extended period. When it came time to trim rosters from 28 to 26 players on May 2nd, the Mets bit the bullet and decided to have Canó designated for assignment in spite of the fact he was still due almost $45 million on the contract he had originally signed with the Seattle Mariners.
Awards and Honors
- Anthony DiComo: "Marte, Canha, Escobar deals made official", mlb.com, December 1, 2021. 
- Anthony DiComo: "Mets in rare air with 'unicorn' of a no-hitter", mlb.com, April 30, 2022. 
- Mike Fitzpatrick (Associated Press): "Aces up: Mets make money pitch with Scherzer-deGrom duo", Yahoo! News, March 30, 2022. 
- Gabe Lacques: "How the 2022 New York Mets built a historic NL East lead by June 1", USA Today, June 1, 2022. 
- Mike Petriello: "5 reasons the Mets offense is succeeding without slugging: Team is tied for most runs scored despite 29th-best hard hit rate", mlb.com, May 6, 2022. 
- Manny Randhawa and Sarah Langs: "9 remarkable stats from Mets' no-no", mlb.com, April 30, 2022.