Part 19 in a series analyzing the New York Mets.
Rick Porcello was eager to put the 2019 season behind him. He’d finished it with the second-worst ERA and WHIP of his career, which forced him to sign a one-year deal with the Mets in an effort to resuscitate his career.
He’s among the players most significantly impacted by the delay — at least — of the season, since Porcello wanted to build his value back up for when he waded into free agency again next offseason.
Instead, like everyone else in the sport, he waits.
Porcello has bounced back from a rough season before. Following a disappointing first year with the Red Sox in 2015, the right-hander was able to deliver his best performance a year later, when he won the AL Cy Young Award by going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA.
He followed that up with two more shaky seasons before his ugly 2019 in his final year in Boston.
But Porcello was optimistic this season would be different for him in Queens.
He’d grown up a Mets fan in New Jersey and was looking forward to playing at Citi Field, and he was confident he’d put some of the issues that plagued him a year ago behind him.
“I’ve got a…