The Mets have dealt with a series of significant injuries to start the season, as the team limps ahead season start — but Buck Showalter’s team has been resilient, and they’ve managed to secure an impressive 7–3 record out of the gate.
A series of bad news erupted towards the end of preseason, when former Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom went down with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the beginning of the season. The ace righty told reporters that he was planning to undergo an MRI on April 25 to assess his recovery progress, and hopes to take the mound in the coming weeks.
That injury comes after a 2021 season that saw deGrom record record-breaking stats, before being shutdown for the year due to a complication with his forearm.
Following that news, the Mets lost another starter in Taijuan Walker, who suffered an injury to his right shoulder.
His injury led the 29-year-old to miss time, but signs have been looking up for the pitcher, and he hopes to make a rehab start by Wednesday, according to Sports Illustrated.
Left-hander David Peterson has replaced Walker in the bullpen, pitching 8.1 innings and recording 0 earned runs during that stretch.
Meanwhile, relief pitcher Trevor May recently returned from injury and threw 16 pitches on Saturday, which added some positive news to the bullpen in Queens — though his long-term recovery may still hamper May in the coming games.
“We just needed to get ahead of it and took a few days to really, really hammer out some strength stuff,” May said.
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Incidentally, Mets starters have posted a 6–0 record to begin the season, with Chris Bassitt, Max Scherzer, and Tylor Megill each posting 2 wins and 0 losses.
The Mets have posted the 3rd-best combined ERA in the league at 2.35, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers (2.28) and the San Francisco Giants (2.20). The team has also given up the 2nd-least amount of hits at 60, which trails only the Dodgers.
The team’s pitching success comes largely from Bassitt, who was traded to Queens from the Oakland Athletics in the offseason, and Scherzer, who signed in free agency after a stint with the Dodgers.
The two men have pitched a collective 23 innings thus far, and have given up just 13 combined hits, while striking out 17 batters.
At 7–3, the Amazins’ sit atop the NL East, ahead of the 2nd-place Atlanta Braves by 2 games.