Do you wonder why I greet most Mets’ statements pertaining to injuries with skepticism?
Answer: On the day after Jacob deGrom emphatically said there was nothing wrong with him physically and manager Terry Collins pleaded ignorant to why his starter called for trainer Ray Ramirez when he left the game, the Mets said he’ll miss his next start, Tuesday, in Cincinnati with elbow inflammation.
For a team hasn’t had a chance to catch the Nationals for weeks now, it was the most important storyline for the Mets Friday.
A MRI showed inflammation but no structural damage. The prescription is anti-inflammatory medication and to resume throwing when the discomfort subsides.
“We’re lucky it isn’t worse than it is,” Collins said.
DeGrom gave up three runs on six hits and a season-high four walks in five innings Thursday. Considering he gave up 13 runs on 25 hits in his previous two starts, he would be watched closely. So, don’t you think Collins might have noticed when deGrom motioned for the trainer? If not him, then how about pitching coach Dan Warthen?
After the game, deGrom said he felt: “Just out of sync out there. I waved him [Ramirez] in to talk to him, but there’s nothing wrong.”
DeGrom said his problems weren’t physical, but mechanical. Since when did he start consulting with the trainer on mechanics?
DeGrom said he’s not too concerned and attributed the stiffness to poor mechanics.
“My arm is dragging and that put more stress on my elbow and causes it to flare up a little bit,” deGrom said. “Maybe the cause for my arm dragging is because of bad mechanics.”
SAME PROBLEM BEATS SYNDERGAARD: Syndergaard pitched well enough to win most games, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk in seven innings. He retired the final ten batters he faced.
Take away the steals and Syndergaard could have been on the winning end.
Analyst Ron Darling said teaching pitchers during the season to hold runners wouldn’t work, but it prompts the question why this isn’t done during spring training or when these guys are in the minor leagues.
Darling left the impression there isn’t an organizational philosophy in stopping the running game.
That could be that many teams don’t emphasize stolen bases as a weapon. Note: The Nationals and Diamondbacks sure do.
NO OFFENSE, AGAIN: A.J. Cole was superb in making his third start of the season, giving up one run on three hits in six innings, that being Asdrubal Cabrera’s 19th homer of the season.
Outside of Cabrera’s homer, only twice did the Mets have a runner in scoring position.
The Mets had two on in the seventh, but Reyes struck out to end the inning.