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Mets, Giants ride hot rotations into four-game series

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Apr 7, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets pitcher Tylor Megill (38) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

No Jacob deGrom. No Kevin Gausman.

No problem so far for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

Tylor Megill and Alex Cobb will each be looking to extend a run of dominant starting pitching for their clubs Monday night, when the Mets host the Giants in the opener of a four-game series.

Megill (2-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mets against Cobb (1-0, 3.60 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

Both teams earned wins Sunday afternoon, when the host Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in the rubber game of a three-game set and the visiting Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Guardians with an 8-1 victory.

Despite the absence of deGrom — who is expected to be out until at least late May due to a stress fracture in his right scapula — Mets starters have compiled a 1.07 ERA, the lowest for a team through its first 10 games since the earned run became a statistic in 1913.

Of the six runs surrendered by New York starters, four have been charged to three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. Megill, Carlos Carrasco and David Peterson — who tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start of the season Sunday — have combined to give up just one run in 27 2/3 innings over five starts after posting a 5.23 ERA over 45 starts last season.

“For us, it’s always been kind of that next man up mentality,” Peterson said. “Obviously, we’d love to have Jake in the rotation. He’s one of the best in the game. But like I said, it’s (the) next man up. He’s going to try and get himself right and when he’s ready to rejoin us, even better.”

Few Giants teams in the 140-year history of the franchise have performed better than last year’s club, which won a team-record 107 games and edged out the Dodgers by one game in a classic National League West race.

Some regression was expected, especially with Gausman exiting as a free agent and signing a five-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. But Giants starters have posted a 2.22 ERA while giving up no more than two runs in any of their first nine games — the second-longest streak to open a season since 1901 behind only the 1966 Chicago White Sox, who had an 11-game streak.

“Just gotta keep rolling,” Alex Wood said after he earned the win Sunday with five scoreless innings. “Everybody is really happy with this start we’ve had as a staff and I think we’ve got some competitive juices flowing and guys want to back up what the guy does the day before.”

Megill continued his strong start last Tuesday, when he gave up three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded the win as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0. Cobb won his season debut last Tuesday, when he gave up two runs and struck out 10 over five innings as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 13-2.

Megill is 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in two career starts against the Giants. Cobb is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two starts against the Mets.

–Field Level Media