Mets’ pitching staff will need defense to be better than this

The Braves announced Saturday morning, unfortunately, as expected. Spencer Strider underwent elbow surgery, making him the last top starter lost this season.

As the Mets look to earn a wild card or better, the wild card will depend on how much degradation each team endures in terms of personnel. If 1968 was the year of pitchers, this season is sadly predicted to be the year of pitcher injuries. This is really important considering the number of pitching injuries in recent years.

But just to give you an example, 20 pitchers received Cy Young Award voting last season.

Strider, along with Baltimore closer Felix Bautista, also missed the year after needing elbow surgery. Gerrit Cole, Kodai Senga, and Kyle Bradish have not pitched yet this season due to arm injuries.

Blue Jays ace Kevin Gausman looked like a poor imitation of himself after suffering a shoulder strain in the spring.

It feels like every team will have to survive this year without a top-notch pitcher. So when I asked Carlos Mendoza if he had thought about the impact on the NL East race now that we know for certain that the Braves won’t be able to acquire Strider, the Mets manager replied, It’s a big loss for them. But we’ve seen them up close. they are a very good team [keep playing at a high level]”

Last season, the Braves won 104 games, but ace Max Fried served three IL stints and was limited to 77 square innings. Atlanta has a winning culture, winning the National League East the past five years and winning the 2021 World Series. And they have the most terrifying 1-on-9 offense in the majors.

In the fourth inning of the Mets’ 11-7 loss to the Royals, Brandon Nimmo, making his second start at center field, hit a home run over the wall off Salvador Perez. Noah K. Murray/New York Post

The Mets, operating without ace Chiga, are still searching for their identity in 2024. David Stearns was investing in strengthening the Mets’ depth and defense. They have already undergone a depth test, matching the Astros and Dodgers by starting an MLB-record 32 players. However, the defense hasn’t been able to show its true potential.

On Saturday, the Mets lost to the Royals 11-7. That’s because, despite two great starts, Sean Manaea has been lackluster. But the Mets’ defense wasn’t exactly what we were used to seeing either. That’s because the team started the game with the worst record in the majors in defensive run saves.

In the fourth inning, when the Mets lost, Starling Marte dropped a fly ball due to a third base error by Bobby Witt Jr. Bill Kostron/New York Post

In the fourth inning, when Kansas City broke a 4-4 tie, between three batters, the Mets had two batted balls hit an outfielder’s glove. Starling Marte dropped the ball to the right field, resulting in a triple error. Brandon Nimmo, making his second start in center field, volleyballed Salvador Perez’s drive over the wall and turned a double into a two-run homer.

He also stole three bases, making him 24 hits for 24 against the Mets this year.

Sean Manaea, who was taken off in the fourth inning, didn’t pitch well, but he also took a toll on the Mets’ defense, writes Joel Sherman of the Post. Noah K. Murray/New York Post

The Mets will look to win Sunday’s rubber game against the Royals with Jose Butt filling in for injured Tyler Megill in Chiga’s place. Coach Mendoza said there is hope that Chiga can throw up to 120 feet and that he might take the mound next week. But even after a few mound sessions, Senga will have to recreate six weeks of spring training. And the Mets have been slowing the right-handed pitcher because his shoulder injury is so bothersome and worrisome.

The 60-day IL does not allow Chiga to return before May 27th, and the Mets have consistently believed that mid-June is a more hopeful schedule, personally.

Even without Chiga, the Mets already use 19 pitchers, second most in the majors behind the Astros’ 20 pitchers. And if you want to know how many personnel departures will occur in the majors this year, you should know about Michael Tonkin. He struggled in the Mets’ double overtime game and signed with the Twins before being drafted, but he allowed two runs in the second inning in his debut and was again DFA. Johan Ramirez, who appeared in three games with the Mets and had an ERA of 11.81 before being drafted and traded to the Orioles after the league determined he was pitching for Milwaukee’s Reece Hoskins, was traded to Major League Baseball’s Baltimore on Saturday. registered in the list.

If you’re going to use the full betting app here, Julio Teheran will make at least one emergency start this year at 3¹/₂, establishing an over/under for a team that’s already one down with the Mets.

“We talk about it every day with that in mind,” Mendoza said of concerns about how to deploy pitches to ensure there are enough pitches for the 1,450 or so innings required overall. Told. “Every day I wonder about pitchers’ stress and pitch counts, especially with all the injuries these days, so that all goes into decision-making.”

The Mets have their pitching answer for a long season with Chiga, Megill and David Peterson on track to return from injury and several near-ready prospects, especially the intriguing Christian Scott. I believe I have it.

But to further improve their pitching, which has been generally good thus far, the Mets will need more offensive power from Francisco Lindor (NL-worst .103 batting average) and even better pitching, especially when it comes to stopping the running game. We need defensive ability. Because it’s clear that this is going to be the year of pitching injuries, and as such, all staff members will need all the supplemental support they can get.