In another reality, Tylor Megill would be winding down his season, perhaps looking at a September shutdown as the Mets managed his workload with ample alternatives to replace him. Megill has long since proven his worth, stepping into a rotation void during a summer in which the team never intended for him to reach the Majors. Over his first seven starts, he was dynamic.
But as his innings piled up, Megill began to struggle, allowing seven more runs Tuesday in the Mets’ 8-0 loss to the Giants at Citi Field. Since posting a 2.04 ERA over his first seven outings, Megill has produced a 7.03 mark in his last five.
His latest issues came courtesy of the long ball, which San Francisco used liberally in knocking Megill out of the game in the fourth inning. Brandon Belt homered in the first to give the Giants a lead they would never relinquish, before Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run shot in the second, and LaMonte Wade Jr. and Belt went back-to-back off Megill in the fourth.
The Mets could not come close to matching that sort of output, despite Francisco Lindor’s return to the lineup after nearly six weeks on the injured list.