True New York Mets fans hold their breath, wait for the next shoe to drop, etc, until about the second week in October. When that rare occurrence happens and their beloved team makes the playoffs, they will be generally satisfied and begin to enjoy the winning experience. Until that point, it's early and plenty of bad stuff can and has happened to this franchise.
Thursday afternoon, prior to the New York defeating the St. Louis Cardinal by a score of 7-6, on a walk-off moon-shot by the polar bear, Pete Alonso, the Mets announced that Max Scherzer would be out for 6 to 8 weeks. Scherzer removed himself from the game in the middle of a batter with 2 outs in the 6th inning. Even though they are in first place and twelve games over .500, the Amazin's need pitching help.
Back in November, when New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler decided on Buck Showalter as the next Mets manager, deciding on who would be the Opening Day starter for the New York Mets, seemed like a problem for a later date. Well, the day has come and circumstances not foreseen a week ago, have clouded the skipper's choices.
As Mets fans held their breath for the last few weeks, wondering how new owner Steve Cohen would flash his wallet and buy the Amazin's some much needed pitching help, especially hours after finding out that Superman Jacob deGrom would be sidelined until September, that news never materialized. The Mets made a trade but was it really for a player that they needed or did they just need to make a trade?
Unfortunately, Eickhoff says a lot about the Mets organizational pitching depth. Thankfully, Tylor Megill has come up and been a nice surprise. However, after that any real Mets pitching prospect is at least a few years away. The Mets AAA team in Syracuse is dead last in the league in pitching, sporting a whopping 6.18 ERA. ERA is meaningless some say? The Syracuse Mets are last in wins as well. How about AA Binghamton? Arms are on the way, right? Well, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are second to last in the league in pitching.
It's not often that Superman needs help but it happens. In seasons past, Jake deGrom would take the mound, give up one run and lose the game 1-0. This year is different. No, Jake is still Superman but this year, his faithful teammates aren't letting him down.