The New York Metsâ€™ season is quickly collapsing, as the team has lost eight of their last ten games and is 61-63 overall. Owner Steve Cohen recently, and publicly, complained about the hittersâ€™ lack of production since the second half started. New York held the first place in the NL East until a couple of weeks ago, but the surging Braves took control of it.
Now, the Mets are a whopping seven games behind Atlanta and two games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. The season went south in a hurry for New York, but they are not mathematically dead yet.
One of the main reasons the Mets have been playing poorly is Jacob deGromâ€™s absence due to injury. The ace has been dealing with right elbow inflammation, and itâ€™s just his latest physical ailment. He also experienced side issues, forearm tightness, and shoulder soreness.
The Mets still want to send him to the mound in 2021
The Metsâ€™ ace was recently placed on the 60-day injured list, but his return this season is still in play, given that it was a procedural move that doesnâ€™t alter his timeline (he is eligible to return in mid-September and probably wonâ€™t be ready by then, if at all.)
Additionally, it was reported that DeGrom’s potential return will likely not be contingent on whether the Mets still have a realistic chance to make the playoffs by that time.
“I think weâ€™ll want to get him out there just to see where heâ€™s at,” acting GM Zack Scott told Mike Puma of The New York Post on Aug. 22. The idea is, if the Mets arenâ€™t in playoffs contention by the time deGrom is ready, to remove a potential question mark for his availability in 2022.
He has been shut down with elbow inflammation for a while, and on August 13, the shutdown was extended for two additional weeks after an MRI showed improvement. He will undergo further imaging in late August.