Mets starting pitcher Tijuan Walker Credit: Wikipedia (Tijuan Walker 51345146065)

The Mets’ 2-0 shutout road win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday added to their solid beginning to the 2022 season as it increased their record to 4-2. The National League East rivals played the final game of the three-game series yesterday afternoon with Max Scherzer on the mound starting for the Mets and Aaron Nola getting the ball for the Phillies.

With Mets ace Jacob de Grom shut down for a minimum of four weeks before the season began with a stress reaction in right throwing shoulder, their rotation took another blow when Tijuan Walker was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder bursitis after leaving the game versus the Phillies on Monday after throwing just 30 pitches in two innings of work. The Mets would go on to lose 5-4 after taking a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning.
The 29-year-old Walker went 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts and 159 innings pitched last season for the Mets. He was named an All-Star for the first time after a strong first half. Another Mets pitcher sustaining an injury in Monday’s game was reliever Trevor May, who is listed as day-to-day with a triceps strain.

Tuesday’s win was an impressive outing by the Mets’ pitchers, notably starter Tylor Megill. The tall (6-foot-7), 26-year-old right hander who was inserted into the rotation due to the absence of de Grom, had his second straight scoreless performance. He went five innings allowing just three hits last Thursday in the Mets’ 5-1 season opening victory against the Washington Nationals and didn’t give up a run in 5.1 innings facing the Phillies. One RBI each from center fielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Francisco Lindor was all the offense the Mets needed.

“Obviously, all of my stuff is working really well right now,” said Megill. “Just got to keep throwing pitch by pitch, filling up the strike zone and just keep getting ahead of hitters.”

The Mets play their home opener tomorrow at Citi Field (1:10 p.m.) against the Arizona Diamondbacks to start a seven-game homestand. Chris Bassitt, who is 1-0, will get the start.

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