The Mets winning streak now stands at 5 games as they swept the Diamondbacks with a 4-2 win. They sit in the top spot of the NL East but the day was not all good news as Mets Ace Jacob deGrom was forced to leave the game after 5 innings as he complained of right side tightness.
The Mets plan on giving him an MRI and once those tests results are in we will know the severity of the injury. It occurred just six days after deGrom skipped a start due to inflammation in his right lat muscle so we could only wonder if that injury caused this discomfort.
“We are hoping for the best,” said Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, “and we all know Jake is real careful. He is not going to pitch on anything that doesn’t feel right and he is also a really tough guy, He’s strong and he is built well. But obviously we never like to see him leave a game early.”
‘”When we came to the mound’, said manager Luis Rojas, ” we were debating and it simply was not worth it to take the risk. And that is when we decided to remove him and take a closer look at what was going on.”
Miquel Castro entered the game in the sixth inning and struggled but he helped bridge the game to closer Edwin Diaz who locked down his fifth save of the season by retiring the last five Diamondback hitters that he faced. The win gave the Mets a sweep of the Diamondbacks on a weekend filled with drama highlighted of course by the Lindor/McNeil altercation, But all weekend the Mets carved out scoreless inning after scoreless inning with the bullpen doing so much heavy lifting. Friday it was 8.1 innings of one run ball followed by a total bullpen day on Saturday. And today with deGrom exiting early the bullpen carried the team to the finish line once again.
Should deGrom miss any extended period of time I would think Jordan Yamamoto might get the first crack at that spot in the rotation but do not count out Tommy Hunter who pitched so well this weekend. Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are still a ways away with the earliest we could expect either would likely be next month.
But this Met team has found a way this season to combat adversity and that mindset has them in first place in the NL East. But losing Jacob deGrom long term is not something anyone connected to the Mets wants to ponder. We should know more on Monday when the MRI results come in. So stay tuned Met fans