Remember that time last week when the Mets said Jacob deGrom would return to the rotation, but then he didn’t? Whoops, the Mets did it again. Shortly after the club announced that Steven Matz’s shoulder was good to go for his schedule return to the rotation on Friday night, they said “strike that, reverse it” and now Matz is on the shelf again.
The talented lefty felt soreness in his injured shoulder during his most recent bullpen sessions, and Terry Collins says he’ll likely be unfit to pitch in the postseason... if there is a postseason for the Mets.
The odds of that are looking dicey after the club’s recent sweep at the hands of the lowly Braves and now this new setback. It looks like Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon will be the only two members of New York’s Opening Day rotation to start for the rest of the 2016 campaign.
As for who takes the ball on Friday, it looks like Gabriel Ynoa will make his second career start after his surprising outstanding performance against Minnesota on Sunday. In that game, he struck out eight batters, walked one, and allowed just one run in four-and-two-thirds innings. The 23-year-old prospect had proved to be a dud out of the bullpen in his previous appearances, but the Mets are hoping he can keep the momentum going after his terrific start.
If Matz is indeed done for 2016, he’ll finish his rookie season with a 3.40 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 132.1 innings. During his last start, he flirted with a no-hitter while pitching seven-and-one-third innings of scoreless ball in a win over San Diego.