When Max Scherzer was signed by the Mets, the dream scenario was that he and Jacob deGrom would combine for 60 dominant regular-season starts and then 10-12 more in October, pitching the Mets to the Canyon of Heroes.
Now, it is fair to wonder whether they will even get half of that, 30 starts this year. You can play a game now: which currently injured ace will even throw a major league pitch next and will that come before or after the July 19 All-Star Game?
But as Buck Showalter repeats regularly, the season does not stop when you have problems. Your opponents don’t care that you have troubles, they are only glad you have them. Next man up.
In the Mets’ case, they have plenty of good next men. And, as their general manager Billy Eppler said, “This team already has shown many times this year its resiliency. It’s a very strong, collective group of baseball players.”
By the way, this would be the sentiments of every manager and GM; no matter how bad the talent level or mental makeup of their roster. In the Mets’ case, though, they have exhibited better depth — of both talent and character — this year.
They learned definitively Thursday that Scherzer, who pulled himself from a start the previous evening, had a “moderate to high-grade internal oblique strain” and will miss at least six weeks. DeGrom (scapula) has not thrown a pitch…