The New York Mets are not making things easy for the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
The reigning World Series champions have erased some of the deficit in the division with their 13-game winning streak, but are still five games behind the mighty Mets because the latter have won six of their last ten games and two consecutively.
Last night, the Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-0.
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Both men are nursing injuries and are expected back at some point in July, probably around the All-Star break.
But both are getting closer: they have been throwing bullpens and are expected to advance to live batting practice soon.
The Mets’ Pair Of Aces Are Getting Ready To Return In A Few Weeks
After that, they will probably embark on a rehab assignment before returning to active duty.
In the specific case of deGrom, it could be a rather lengthy one because he hasn’t pitched at all in 2022.
Scherzer has a 2.54 ERA in 49.2 innings, but deGrom hasn’t been able to make his season debut as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right scapula.
The Mets have been able to hold down the fort while those two are on the shelf, but the Braves are streaking at the moment and could catch them in a few weeks.
Keeping the Braves in second place while they wait for their two aces would be a victory for the Mets.
Once Scherzer and deGrom are ready to return, the Mets’ rotation will be virtually impossible to beat, with both depth and star power.