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A Facebook friend put up a post a couple of days ago about the injury to Ronald Acuna Jr. He also mentioned about Mike Soroka, Travis d’Arnaud and Marcell Ozuna being out and put how they were still in the race despite all of that. So, it became necessary to outline the challenges that the Mets have faced, with five hitters from the everyday lineup being on the IL at the same time, with a consistent double-digit total of guys on the IL, with a high of 17. And how they’ve consistently had multiple starters out injured.
We all know the story. But in re-telling it, my thoughts zeroed in on the pitching aspect. Here’s who the Mets have used as SP in the last 15 games:
That’s nine different starters in the last 15 days. And, yes, all of the doubleheaders play a big part. But the Mets are now using Megill, a 25 year old who had all of one game above A-ball coming into the year, and a bullpen game each time thru the rotation. And my suspicion is that Stroman is pitching thru an injury because he knows how depleted the rotation is.
Hopefully, the bullpen game gets upgraded to Carlos Carrasco in the near future, even if Carrasco can only go a few innings right off the bat.
At the beginning of Spring Training, the hope was that Peterson could hold down a spot until Noah Syndergaard returned. Now both of those guys are on the IL and no one knows if and when they’ll return. Sure, the current time frame for Syndergaard is September. But it was originally going to be June, so no one should get their hopes up about him being the best September call-up ever.
Even with Carrasco and Syndergaard yet to throw a pitch, the Mets have used 15 different starting pitchers. Of those 15, six are currently on the IL. And four of those six join Carrasco and Syndergaard on the 60-day IL. The sheer number of injuries would be incredible if that was the only thing going on. But these are extended stays on the IL that we’re talking about here.
At this point, both the Mets and the team’s fans are used to it. But it’s amazing what you can get used to.