Justin Verlander May 21, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander (35) walks to the dugout in the middle of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 version of the New York Mets is far from the best team money can buy. And the 2023 version of Justin Verlander is far from the best version of the future Hall of Famer and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.

The 40-year-old Verlander, who has defied father time for so long, is starting to show his age. And since making his season debut with his new ball club, the results have been inconsistent at best. Verlander had one of his worst outings of the season on Thursday in a 13-10 loss to the Atlanta Braves and if his postgame comments are any indication, he is running out of answers for why he’s fared so poorly.

Verlander allowed five runs on seven hits in just three innings against the Braves, in which he walked four and struck out three. In seven starts for the Mets, Verlander has had three “stinkers,” as Newsday’s Tim Healy put it. Thursday’s outing saw his season ERA rise to 4.85. Not exactly what you want for someone with the largest average annual salary in the sport.

“Feast or famine it seems. It is [a concern]. I’ve been working my [butt] off trying to make it click. Every time I think I’ve kind of found it, it goes the other direction,” Verlander said regarding his overall level of concern with his inconsistencies on the mound following Thursday’s loss. It’s definitely frustrating for me and everybody.”

Clearly exasperated, Verlander continued by saying that he feels good physically. And that when he looks at the metrics from over the last couple of years until now, everything looks relatively similar across the board.

“This isn’t easy. It’s not easy for the team, not easy for me,” Verlander added. “The one thing that I’ve always been is accountable—this wasn’t good enough. It isn’t good enough. I will work as hard as anybody to find it.”

Many around the MLB world offered their opinion on Verlander’s outing and his subsequent quotes.

It’s getting late early for a Mets team that needs Verlander to find it sooner than later. It remains to be seen if the big-ticket free-agent signing can bounce back from his latest poor outing, as he’s largely been a disappointment in New York thus far.

[SNY on Twitter; photo from Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.