Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Last Gun in the Meadows
It's sad to see the Mets, one of the foremost up-and-coming teams in baseball this decade, stoop to the level they're at now- injured, inexperienced, murky, and nearly lifeless. Syndergaard, Wheeler, Matz, Harvey and Gsellman are all injured. TJ Rivera, who was beginning to come into his own, also just landed on the DL. Yes, they have AJ Ramos now, but he had a nasty debut. Plus, now Lucas Duda's playing for the Rays, and the hitters they do have are getting more and more strikeout-prone.
So what DO the Mets have? Well...they have Jacob deGrom
As good as deGrom was in his rookie season, he might be even better right now. He's been flawless in his starts, has a 3.30 ERA, a 12-4 record, and 160 strikeouts. He's more than making up for a slightly injury-prone 2016, and he's making up for the fact that the rest of the rotation isn't really a factor right now.
I don't think this is the new normal for the team, with deGrom solo standing above the rotation, with everybody else injured. I think Thor and Harvey and the rest of the gang will be back next season, ready to go...but at the same time, this is the second season in a row where the Mets' rotation has taken a hit thanks to injuries. The fact that this is consistently happening makes me think the theory that all these young arms were just gonna blow their pitching arms out early might be coming true. And it's sad, because this was an insanely strong rotation that earned a World Series spot.
Hoping this isn't the case, but happy deGrom's still pitching like a champ.
Coming Tonight: Not sure. I'll be in Boston to see two of the best pitchers of the league square off. Might do a write-up immediately after.