The New York Mets entered today 78-69 and securely holding the 2nd wild card spot in the National League and only 1 game back of the Giants for the 1st wild card spot, while the ever dangerous St. Louis Cardinals sit just 2 games back. Holding that wild card spot for the next two weeks just got a whole lot tougher for the Mets as starter Jacob deGrom has officially been shut down for the rest of the 2016 season with ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow. He will most likely need surgery to repair the elbow.
deGrom, 28, has not pitched since September 1st. He is having a typical deGrom year as he is 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA. The loss of the deGrom is a major one to say the least. Just like the Mets from last season that made it to the World Series, they relied very heavily on their pitching staff all season long. The story has been the same for the 2016 Mets except a little twist is involved. The Mets pitching has no doubt been very good this year, but the rotation that they came into the year with Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, Matz and Colon have all had a hard time staying healthy. Harvey had to be shut down for Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard has had reports of arm fatigue on and off throughout the season, and now with deGrom being down this once elite Mets rotation now has some glaring holes in it.
Rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have been filling in for the absence of Harvey and deGrom and have done a very nice job up to this point.
The Mets front office has not commented about the severity of deGrom’s injury on whether or not he does need surgery in the offseason.
With 2 and a half weeks left to go in the regular season, the Mets are going to have to get through it unscathed to have a chance to make it back to the postseason.