The New York Mets are now in a bigger dilemma than they were 48 hours ago. The Mets placed their ace (and by far the best pitcher in baseball in 2021) Jacob deGrom on the injured list with subsets.
It’s the third time this season he’s gone more than 10 days (this is his second IL stint, but he missed 10 days and 15 days in late April and May). All three stints were due to forearm tension. deGrom’s MRI showed no structural damage, but it is unknown how long it could be out.
As a result, the New York Mets could be in the market for Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray
The New York Mets may already be in the market for the Colorado Rockies’ shortstop, Trevor Story, after their star shortstop Francisco Lindor was put on the injured list with a grade 2 oblique strain (meaning he’ll be out for many weeks) was set, but another injury with deGrom means the Mets could be looking for more starting pitch, and Rockies starter Jon Gray in particular.
As of June 15, without deGrom, the Mets starters have an ERA of 4.06, which would be 14th in baseball. The Mets have all-stars Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, but after them the Mets have starters who are struggling (z starts under his belt) or on the injured list (including deGrom, the Mets currently have six starting mugs on the IL).
Our colleagues at Rising Apple, FanSided’s website for the New York Mets, also believe that Gray would be good for their rotation too.
The problem for the Rockies is that Gray is doing better at Coors Field (in 2021 and in his career), but also that he’s the most likely of their upcoming free agents to sign a contract extension. He expressed his desire to stay with the Rockies when he joined our podcast last month.
The Mets may be poised to pay top bucks for Gray (and / or Story and some bullpen arms) for the next week and a half if they continue to perform like Monday’s as their current Lindor replacement in Cincinnati, Luis Guillorme made three mistakes.
He was a big part of why the Mets pitching team gave up an astounding 11 runs on their 15:11 win (and only four were earned). It was a win, but it was an ugly win because their shortstop defense and pitching staff were often unable to stop the bleeding.