When the news broke about Jacob deGrom, Mets fans’ inner Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe came out. “This stinks. This is total B.S.!” That inner demon that inhabits the back of our minds, insisting that our team will never win, that something will always happen, began to laugh maniacally. Many of us heaved a resigned sigh and predicted doom, gloom and the coming of the apocalypse.
Let’s all take a deep breath. Yes, deGrom is out. Yes, losing a player of deGrom’s caliber is a loss. But this isn’t the end. This team can still win.
The signing of Max Scherzer looks all the more prescient with the sad news today. Billy Eppler should definitely look to make a move for another starting pitcher in deGrom’s absence. But the Mets still have Scherzer. They still have a quality starting pitcher in Chris Bassitt and a number of solid arms that will provide the team with at least a quality start more often than not. When a guy like deGrom goes down, you need the team to pick up the slack and keep things moving forward while waiting for the big dog to return. The Mets staff and offense can do that. They are improved depth wise and now have a manager in Buck Showalter who is historically known for pushing the right buttons.
Also, this is a long season. If deGrom is going to be a part of this team’s championship hopes, then resting now is the only way to go. If you read up on the type of injury he appears to have, resting now and letting his shoulder issue calm down is the best avenue for long term success or at the minimum for deGrom to be playoff ready.
So let’s all take a step back from the brink. This season isn’t lost before it began. The roster is too talented and the blank check Steve Cohen has given Eppler appears to still have some zero’s left on it.
The season will be fine. The Mets are a good baseball team. Let’s not forget how Bulldog Briscoe used to end those diatribes, “This stinks! This is total B.S. This is…” as he located the thing he was looking for. We’re looking for a winning team and this loss hurts those chances, but doesn’t derail them.