Mets News: The Injury Bug Just Struck at the Worst Possible Time

Entering the 2022 MLB season, the New York Mets were feeling pretty good about themselves. Thanks to owner Steve Cohen, they had shattered past the luxury tax during the offseason and were set to field one of the more star-heavy rosters in the MLB.

The starting rotation containing Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer was enough to terrify opposing fan bases by itself.

However, as it tends to go with the Mets, disaster struck before their new-look team could even start rolling.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom will miss several weeks

Just a few days before he was slated to make his Opening Day start, deGrom started experiencing shoulder tightness in his throwing arm. This has been an ongoing issue for deGrom over the past few seasons. His high velocity and violent throwing motion are seemingly taking a toll.

Due to this newfound tightness, the Mets promptly sent deGrom in for medical imaging. The results were not good. deGrom is being forced to shut down throwing for at least four weeks. From there, he’ll be reevaluated to see if he can begin ramping back up into throwing condition. The Mets will likely be without their superstar pitcher for the first two months of the season.

This is obviously terrible news for a team that was set to rely on their ace quite dramatically this season. Unfortunately for New York, it gets even worse.

Max Scherzer is dealing with a hamstring issue

It’s not as severe as deGrom’s injury. However, offseason addition max Scherzer was scratched on Saturday due to hamstring tightness. He has a slight strain in the muscle, which could also see him miss his first start of the season.

The hope is that Scherzer will be able to return to the team sooner rather than later. However, at 37 years old, he may be starting to become a victim of Father Time. Even the all-time greats start wearing down as they get older.

Anytime a team loses their top two starters at the beginning of the season, it’s terrible news. However, this is particularly impactful for the Mets. They’ve relied on deGrom to win them games for several seasons, and they spent a record amount of money to land Scherzer in free agency. Without them, their roster starts looking considerably less threatening.

The Mets’ offense will have to carry the load

Mets SP Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom | Eric Espada/Getty Images

It will be impossible to replace the impact of deGrom (and potentially Scherzer should this hamstring issue linger on). The Mets tried trading for San Diego Padres veteran Chris Paddack, but it fell through, proving the difficulties that come with adding last-second pitching depth.

If New York wants to hang with the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves at the start of the season, the offense will have to start hot. New additions Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar need to prove they’re worth their contracts. At the same time, guys like Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, and Brandon Nimmo must cement themselves as core pieces.

This is all bad news for the Mets, no matter how you slice it. The pressure is certainly building in Citi Field.

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