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Are The Mets Having Pitching Problems?
I pose the question in the title, but I truly believe from my standpoint that it looks as if the Mets are having problems with their pitching. Matt Harvey has not been Harvey, the relief pitching has been awful, Steven Matz is still out, Zack Wheeler will probably need this year and next to be what he once was and now Noah Syndergaard might have made a big mistake by coming back too soon from the inflammation to his right arm. Thor refused to go for an MRI and the problem resurfaced again on Sunday, forcing him to leave the game with the same injury.
I wonder, isn’t the team responsible for the players. In other words, if they want him to have an MRI and he refuses maybe they should have kept him out of the rotation for at least another turn just to make sure. Hopefully this injury is not a big deal and after he now has the MRI, then it can be determined what is the problem with his right arm.
It is still early in the season and now is the time to take care of their most valuable asset. The Mets should get some resolve this weekend against Washington, at least they did the first two games. But Sunday’s game was competitive until Syndergaard had to leave and the bullpen was lit up. Maybe for now they should bring in some fresh arms from their minor league system to give the guys on the big club some rest. The team is struggling a bit now and compounding the problem by not giving guys adequate rest may result in more injuries down the road.
It is only May 1st and already they are down two of the four starters said to take the team back to the World Series. But there is still a lot more baseball to be played, so managing the pitching staff and making sure they remain healthy from this day forward will be key if the Mets are to turn it all around and start playing like the playoff team, the experts have been predicting.
It can’t get any worse, right?