And now deGrom is the last man standing.
News ahead of the Mets’ double schedule against the Rockies that Syndergaard (inflammation of the right elbow after returning from Tommy John surgery) was shut down for six weeks is another punch for Luis Rojas and the Flushing loyalists, who are Also exasperated on the right now, Knicks and Nets and Islanders fans are euphoric.
Syndergaard was due back in the middle of next month with a bullet in the arm for an injury-ravaged team desperately trying to stay afloat in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.
And now, as he turns 29 in August, and becomes a free agent at the end of the season …
Mets fans may have seen the last of them.
“We pray that he can present for us this year,” Rojas said.
Prayer sounds like a good strategy for the Mets (17 out of IL) right now: deGrom and Stroman and pray for a good omen.
And all Marcus Stroman (4-4, 2.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) needed was a home run from Jose Peraza in the third inning for a 1-0 win in Thursday’s double sweep opener – 4-2 in the last drink -om the struggling in the Rockies. Stroman threw a brilliant variety of 90 shots – the cursors slipped, the pellets sank – to induce 10 strikeouts before Edwin Diaz closed him in the seventh. It was the fourth time in a row that he had played at least six rounds this season.
“Obviously we kind of have to carry the load until these guys come back, until we have our full squad,” Stroman said. “But I think we are up to the task.”
Stroman showed off his peerless chops when he jumped off the mound to line up a Garrett Hampson bunt early in the fifth inning and sent him out.
He opted for revenge after retiring from the COVID 2020 season. “He helped the enclosure stay cool,” Rojas said.
Taijuan Walker too, which has been a revelation so far and could come back (left side crunch) on Friday night. Still, Rojas should not hesitate to put Seth Lugo (elbow) in the rotation upon his return early next week. Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) is due to return at the end of June, but who knows for sure if this prognosis is correct? Lugo always envisioned himself a starter, although he was more effective last season outside of the bullpen. He had 7-5, 4.71 ERA out of 18 starts in 2017.
Welcome to another episode of Mets deja vu.
Mets fans may remember Generation K – Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson, the first overall pick in the 1994 MLB Draft in Florida State.
Pulsipher, chased by injuries, depression and anxiety, has won five games as a Met. He had been hailed by some dreamers as another Jerry Koosman.
Isringhausen, diminished by tuberculosis and a broken wrist suffered from a punch in a dugout canoe bin and three major surgeries, won 21 games as a Met with seven of them when he worked in relief in a second life with the club. He had been hailed by some dreamers as another Tom Seaver.
Wilson won five games as the Met in 1996, started 17 minor league games over the next three injury-ridden seasons, and was traded in 2000 to the Rays. He was considered the best Gen K prospect of all.
Harvey is a 32 year old Oriole, The Dark Plight.
Matz is a blue jay.
Wheeler is a Phillie.
Syndergaard has won 47 games in its five seasons. There was a discussion with Cy Young on Syndergaard in 2017.
“It’s good to hear that there is no structural damage in UCL,” Rojas said.
A Pyrrhic victory, and only a Pyrrhic victory, for the 2021 Mets.
“I’ve always been proud to take the ball every five days and put my team in a position to win,” said Stroman.
DeGrom and Stroman and pray for a good omen.