The New York Mets have had a rough weekend, dropping two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and losing ace Jacob deGrom to the injured list.
Forearm tightness is the reason for deGrom’s IL stint. He has not pitched since July 7, and manager Luis Rojas says he won’t throw again until his arm feels right.
Injuries have been an issue for the Mets all season long, and now the NL East leaders will have to endure having their Cy Young pitcher and big money shortstop on the IL at the same time. Francisco Lindor was placed on the injured list on Saturday with an oblique issue and is “week-to-week.”
The Mets are 47-42 overall and still in first place, but there’s concern that things could slip away if deGrom is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Jacob deGrom: “I’m frustrated. I don’t know what else to say.”
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 18, 2021
DeGrom just clarified that all of his previous injuries this season (back stiffness, right lat and side tightness, right flexor tendinitis, right shoulder soreness) were the result of swings.
He does not believe his current forearm tightness is due to swinging.
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) July 18, 2021
— Dave Uram (@MrUram) July 18, 2021
With Acuna out for the year and deGrom seemingly on the IL once a month, Tatis has to be the runaway favorite for NL MVP, right? https://t.co/MEsVyR5Rfw
— Christopher Tenpenny (@Tenpenny88) July 18, 2021
Kinda regret cashing out my Corbin Burnes Cy Young bet https://t.co/tRoglwOQr5
— Josh Nelson (@soxmachine_josh) July 18, 2021
This Mets season is eerily similar to 2015. Much like that year, the team is experiencing a low point in the month of July. DeGrom and Lindor on the IL hurts, as does that loss last night, but this is why we play 162. Let’s salvage the series, and get back on track.
— Dalton Allison (@DaltonAllison4) July 18, 2021
Without deGrom, the Mets will look to avoid a sweep against the Pirates this afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.
All-Star Taijuan Walker will be on the mound trying to snap New York out of a mini-funk. The Mets have dropped three straight games to Pittsburgh, including last Sunday’s loss before the All-Star break.