Saturday, July 09, 2016

N.Y. Mets: Weight of Metropolis Beginning to Fall on Jacob deGrom

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


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NEW YORK METS: Legion of Gloom and Doom Tightening Grip on Gotham; Flushing's Super Heroes Reeling...

Friday it was decided Matt Harvey will undergo season ending surgery to address thoratic outlet syndrome in his pitching shoulder.  In other words, he is suffering from compression of nerves and tendons causing him discomfort.

The graffiti was already sprayed throughout the locker room walls.  In 17 starts, the Darkened Knight posted a 4-10 record with a career high 4.86 ERA, 1.468 WHiP, 10.8 H/9 average, and a career low 7.4 K/9 average ... all this as a result of losing one mile per hour throughout his pitching repertoire. 

Apparently, it was enough to end Matt Harvey's season yet again, just as his right arm did on August 24 2013, his last MLB start prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery.

It can be said the Mets remained in N.L. East contention through the first half of the season largely despite Harvey's efforts.  The same can not be said of Noah Syndergaard, who in demeanor and performance is the clear ace of the Mets staff this season - but not without conflicting levels of concern over his health among the fans, management, the media, and even Thor himself.

Noah Syndergaard is pitching with bone spurs in his right elbow, and was lifted from Friday's game against the Washington Nationals due to what Terry Collins interpreted as arm fatigue, and unrelated to his elbow.  With the Mets history of paranoid diagnoses, I'd categorize the latter statement as typical post-game damage control.  In other words, stay tuned for the real truth.

Steven Matz is similarly pitching with bone spurs in the back of his left elbow and is presently taking an anti-inflammatory for the condition.  Matz' condition appears a bit more worrisome - his spur/spurs are larger.  Both he and Thor will continue pitching though their discomfort that will likely require off-season surgery involving a three month recovery period.

Then there's Jacob deGrom, who perhaps more than anything else is disgruntled with himself.  After attending to family matters earlier this season, Jacob deGrom has sufficiently regained the velocity on his fastball.  However, he continues battling high pitch counts.  Jacob failed to complete seven innings in ten of his 15 starts so far this season, but appears to be turning that around as well.  He lasted eight innings for the first time on June 25, and went seven full innings in his last start.  It would appear then, he's just starting to peculate - just in time too.

As fate would have it, the weight of Metropolis is starting to fall on him.

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