Despite still holding the best record in the National League, there might be a sign of trouble for the New York Mets.
The starting rotation has been one of the biggest strengths of this team thus far, but since Max Scherzer went down, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly for them pitching-wise.
In fact, since Scherzer got hurt, the rotation is in the bottom third of the league with a 5.28 ERA.
Another blowout loss to the San Diego Padres and a win by the defending champion Atlanta Braves cut New York’s lead in the NL East down to seven games.
Chris Bassitt had a rough night last night, and Mets reporter Anthony DiComo is here to remind fans of a troubling stat, as seen in the tweet below.
Chris Bassitt allowed seven runs — six earned — over 3.1 innings tonight. He has a 7.62 ERA over his last five starts.
Since Max Scherzer went down, Mets starters rank in the bottom third of the league with a 5.28 ERA.
Padres 7, Mets 0, bottom four.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 9, 2022
Cause For Concern
Is it time to panic yet for the Mets?
No, probably not.
They still have a commanding lead in the division and have a series coming up with the Los Angeles Angels, who have lost 14 consecutive games.
Bassitt has not been good in his past five starts, as DiComo mentioned.
A 7.62 ERA in that span is a cause for some concern.
The Mets still remain at the top of the National League and own the second-best record in all of baseball behind their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.
But with the rotation struggling and the injuries piling up, the Mets’ depth is being tested.
We’ll see if they can catch a break anytime soon or if the rotation will continue to struggle.