Please use this thread all week to discuss any Mets-specific topic you wish.
You probably know that Tomas Nido has been the personal catcher of Max Scherzer. You may not realize he’s been that for Carlos Carrasco, too. The only other start for Nido has been the Trevor Williams debacle. Meanwhile, James McCann has caught Tylor Megill, Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker/David Peterson. And obviously these guys have caught whichever relievers took over for the starters. Few people like CERA (Catcher’s ERA) because of the problems associated with which pitchers you catch. It’s easy to have a good CERA when you catch Scherzer. But, as long as you recognize its problems, you can still find ways to use it.
Overall, McCann has a 2.23 CERA while Nido has a 3.13 mark.
It’s long been my belief that leverage and rest are the most important things to determine when to use a specific reliever, much more so than the platoon advantage. A thing to research in the future is if which catcher is behind the plate is something to consider, too. It’s way too early to look at 2022 numbers in this respect. But given that McCann and Nido caught many of these relievers in 2021, too, will help increase the sample size for some. Perhaps an All-Star break piece.
Don’t forget it’s a day game today in the final game of the series in St. Louis.