“Mets Baseball-Big Problems in Big Apple”
This was supposed to be the breakout year, a push to lst place, with as bright a pitching staff as there is in baseball.
They stockpiled arms, monitored innings, rested guys in the rotation.
And they still broke down.
A year ago this summer, things looked all so promising for Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson’s pitching staff.
Now there is just 1-healthy starter left, Jacob deGrom, and he is a healthy (12-3)..
Matt Harvey, the veteran leader of the staff, came back from thoratic rib surgery from a year ago, only to have a stress fracture of his scapula near his neck. No one knows if he pitches the rest of the season.
Noah Syndegaard, the other magic arm in the rotation, is likely done for the year with a torn lat shoulder muscle amid controversy over his weight training work, and allegations the training staff mishandled him. Hr won[‘t be back this year.
Steven Matz has now had 2-physical setbacks in under a year. He is just back into the rotation, but a shell of what he was before after getting drydocked with elbow problems early in the year.
Plug in starter Robert Gsellman is on the DL with hamstring problems.
Ace closer Jeurys Familia is done with a blood clot in his arm and won’t be back till spring training in Port St. Lucie.
And once promising reliever-starter Zach Wheeler, who missed a year with elbow surgery, is back on the DL again with more arm issues
Bright young prospect Seth Lugo pitched too much in the World Baseball Classic, and missed a third of the season with elbow problems.
Tommy Milone in on the 60-dayDL with knee issues.
Six of their top seven arms, 8-pitchers in all, hurt, on a staff that was supposed to rival anyone in the National League, gone.
Add in the likely career ending shoulder impingement-neck stenosis problems plaguing 3B-David Wright two years in a row.
OF-Curtis Granderson has been on and off the DL with nagging aging injuries.
OF-Juan Lagares down with a torn thumb ligament.
OF-Yoenis Cepedes had significant hamstring problems, just like a torn hamstring that wiped out a chuck of 2B-Neil Walker’s season. 1B-Luca Duda had back issues and C-Travis D’Arnaud injured a wrist.
If you are keeping score at home, that’s 13-significant injuries to the top 25-players on the team.
One of those years you hope you never see. One of those years that wiped out what the Mets felt could be a special year.