Last week, the New York Mets were informed of some bad news. The news was that superstar pitcher Jacob deGrom would be out after having a stress reaction on his right scapula. This is deGrom’s second significant injury in two years. This is not a good sign in a contract year. When the team lost deGrom in early July last season, pitching immediately became a weakness and was a big reason for their collapse down the stretch. If New York wants to compete in the NL, they need him back sooner than later.
While losing deGrom hurts, the team still has another ace in Max Scherzer. Signed by Steve Cohen and Billy Eppler this offseason, he has been a perennial top four pitcher and should do wonders for this team. However, as we know with the Mets, injuries happen frequently.
Now, I’ll discuss whether the team will struggle without deGrom or be fine without him.
Why deGrom’s Injury WILL Hurt the Mets
Simply put, Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball. Before his season-ending injury, his earned run average was an incredible 1.08. He allowed hardly a run per game on average and had a near flawless month of June. At times, he even played through injuries as Luis Rojas was unaware of what was happening to him.
Having Jacob deGrom start is almost an automatic win for the Mets. He didn’t allow more than three runs last year, and with an improved offense, he should be one of the most winning pitchers in the league. The Mets, however, failed to score many runs for him most of the time when he pitched.
The Mets rotation outside of the top three is very suspect. If deGrom goes down, they still have an ace in Max Scherzer, but the bottom of the rotation becomes worse. Depending on who makes the final starting spot, it could be either Carlos Carrasco or Tylor Megill. Megill, while young, is unknown. Carrasco wasn’t good at all last season and is aging. So having Taijuan Walker, Carassco, and Megill in your rotation is not ideal.
Why the Mets will be fine without deGrom
Simply put, Max Scherzer is a star pitcher. Having him on your team, let alone as your second starter, is a luxury. Though deGrom will be out for an extended period, Scherzer has plenty of experience as a number one starter. He has dominated the league since the early 2010s and is still a hitter’s worst nightmare to face.
The Mets’ offense should be better than a year ago. With the additions of Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, and Starling Marte, New York pitchers should be faced with less pressure each night. But, of course, that is only if they play up to their standards.
This injury is going to hurt the Mets a good bit. Though the Mets still have a solid pitching staff, losing a generational-type pitcher hurts.