ST. LOUIS — The Mets will tell you they are not overly concerned about Jacob deGrom’s “barking’’ right elbow.
That alone should make you super concerned.
The fact that deGrom came to the Mets with the report of elbow soreness, prompting the team to place him on the IL Friday with the Cy Young winner set for an MRI exam Monday, tells you everything you need to know.
DeGrom is not one to charge. He’s been through Tommy John surgery in 2010 so he knows what is at stake.
The only way for the Mets to go here is to be over-the-top unadventurous when it comes to their ace.
This is more proof that all the innings limits and pitch calculations in the world cannot save a pitcher from himself. DeGrom came out in season training at pretty much max effort and here we are 19 games into the 2019 season and he will be getting an MRI on his right elbow and will be shut down until April 26 at the beginning.
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This also shows the Mets cannot lean on deGrom as much in the future no matter how the MRI comes back. Coming off that incredible Cy Young season, deGrom needs to be much more cautious.
The Mets are built on starting pitching, and that starting pitching is beginning to crumble. DeGrom was given that five-year $137.5 million increases so there is much at stake here.
Jason Vargas, who carried a 14.21 ERA to the mound Friday night at Busch Stadium, managed to remain four innings (one run) upon the Cardinals in a 5-4 Mets win.
Steven Matz, who did not retire a batter in his last start, needs to figure it out and not blow up so easily on the mound. Noah Syndergaard has to make better pitches when ahead in the calculation. Zack Wheeler appears to have found the arm slot he had in the second half of 2018.