Mets’ Tylor Megill struggles, adds length to dismal start

Tylor Megill wasn’t going to go blank forever this season, but Mets sluggers saw him walk out of the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Giants in a six-inning tie.

Megill gave up his first four runs in three starts in April, but he made it through six innings to buy the Mets time to climb out of a three-run hole and a 5-4 decision in San Francisco’s Game 1 10 innings to score the twin bill at Citi Field.

“Obviously it didn’t start well, but towards the end I settled in well,” said Megill. “I obviously didn’t have my best stuff today, but I made it work with what I had.

“I’m glad I got to go out in the sixth round and put up a zero. …Obviously, as pitchers, we want to put zeros every inning, but this is baseball, it’s going to happen and you can’t address it.

Tylor Megil
Tylor Megil
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

After Monday’s four-game set opener washed out, Mets manager Buck Showalter said ahead of Tuesday’s matinee makeup that he prefers to start 26-year-old Megill in the first game — with veteran Max Scherzer , who goes to the nightcap — because he “didn’t want a young pitcher waiting for a 7 o’clock game.”

When asked what he hopes Megill and the other pitchers on the staff can learn from Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, Showalter was quick to respond.

“Prepare,” he said. “I think when you watch Max getting closer it’s like you’re preparing for the day you pitch. They say the best job in the sport is the starting pitcher who had a good outing over the next four days. And the worst job in the sport is a starting pitcher who has a bad coming out. These four days are terrible.”

Megill had pitched 10 ¹/₃ scoreless innings as he won his first two starts on Washington’s opening day in place of injured ace Jacob deGrom and hit a Phillies 16-out blank five days later.

The Giants were in “ambush mode” against Megill’s fastball in the early innings, Showalter said between games, and the sophomore right-hander was centered by Joc Pederson for a solo homer and an RBI single by Jason Vosler in the second on Marked Tuesday.

The Giants added two more runs in the third after a two-out single from Brandon Crawford to take a 4-1 lead. The Mets came back to level the score in the fifth home game and Megill finished strong, knocking out the last eight batsmen he faced.

“Tell you what, the last inning was impressive,” Showalter said of the sixth. “It’s a game where not much came his way. … He got a little competitive there. The last inning was impressive. That’s the kind of thing you look for in young pitchers, as are the good starts. Mets’ Tylor Megill struggles, adds length to dismal start


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