The New York Mets, no matter how well rounded their team is on paper, can never seem to avoid the misfortune that has plagued their franchise for generations.
Not only is Jacob deGrom going to miss significant time to start the 2022 season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but the Mets’ second ace, the newly signed Max Scherzer, has hit a roadblock.
Scherzer was scratched from his start on Saturday due to discomfort in his hamstring, putting his Opening Day status in question.
Mike Puma of the New York Post provided an update on Scherzer, who is set to throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
Max Scherzer remains on course to throw a bullpen tomorrow, after which a decision will be reached on his status for the first time through the rotation. Scherzer was scratched Saturday because of hamstring discomfort.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) April 4, 2022
Mets Down Two Aces?
How Scherzer feels after tomorrow’s bullpen session will determine his availability for Opening Day.
If he is unable to start on Opening Day, then the Mets, who appeared to have the strongest one-two punch in baseball atop their rotation, will be without both of the aces who formed that one-two punch.
It seems that wherever the Mets go, chaos follows, and this is just more bad news on top of an already ominous outlook for deGrom.
The health of the Mets rotation is key in 2022, and if there was ever a question mark, that would be the one.
If all goes according to plan, then Scherzer should be fine for Opening Day, but it would be a huge blow for the Mets to lose both of their aces before the season even begins.
All the Mets can do now is wait and see how Scherzer responds to tomorrow’s bullpen session, as that will determine his Opening Day status.
We’ll see if he comes out of it feeling okay.