deGrom hasn’t played in a major league game in just 13 months. He was on his way to one of the most dominant promotion seasons in history last year, working a 1.08 absurd era with a 45.1% strike rate over 15 starts. DeGrom had some injury concerns along the way, however, landing an IL out of All-Star Break due to a forearm/ebow issue. That ultimately proved to be the end of the season, with the year’s final right outing out on July 7.
New York predicted a deGrom reinstall on top of the spin along with a free agent pickup from Offseason Max Scherzer To form the most terrifying 1-2 punch in the game. Right before opening day, Degrom experienced some shoulder pain during a throwing session between starts. He was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his shoulder blade, a problem that cost him nearly the first four months of the 2022 campaign.
deGrom has been building back into the action of the game for a while, and started a minor league rehab stint at the beginning of July. He made four starts, and topped in four runs and 67 throws. DeGrom’s last appearance came at Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, so he will be given a six-day break before joining the big league club. DiComo wrote that it wouldn’t be surprising that he would be within strict pitch limits for his debut, but the Mets anticipate that he will gradually build toward the traditional beginner workload throughout the second half.
The Mets’ turnover will be more or less in full force for the first time all year long. deGrom will make an excellent start of five alongside Scherzer, Chris BassettAnd the Taiguan Walker And the Carlos Carrasco. Scherzer was usually his dominant self, while Walker fairly quietly posted 2.67 ERAs across 17 starts. Bassett saw a rough extension between May and June, although the normally reliable right has bounced back with the 3.20 mark this month. The Carrasco is a more than qualified fifth choice, posting a 4.07 ERA with better-than-average hits, walks and balls. David Peterson It’s a solid sixth start. Mets do not remain without the right Taylor Miguel due to a shoulder injury. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday that the club had been looking at Megill as a key option for the rest of this season once he returns, which won’t be until at least late August (Via Tim Britton Athlete).
The Mets are a virtual lock-up to make the post-season in some capacity, and the organization is definitely expecting three or four members of that group to run out in a playoff round. The most pressing concern is holding on to a three-game lead over defending champion Braves in the NL East, with the first round of the new post-season format, making it particularly beneficial to finish the season as the top seed in every league. It looks like a farewell to the National League will end up with the Dodgers and the Eastern winner.
As for deGrom, he will have two months (plus any movement after the season) to re-establish himself as the best player in the sport now that he’s healthy. Despite his absence, the 34-year-old confirmed that he plans to withdraw from the guaranteed final season of his deal at the end of this year. That would be a no-brainer decision if he shows he’s still at his peak for the last couple of months, especially with one of the impending best starters for free factors (Joe Musgrove) Now is unlikely to reach the market.