We've all had days where it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong and there was nothing we could do about it.
For the New York Mets, the entire 2017 season has felt like that. With a 51-61 record, the Mets are currently 16.5 games out of first place in the National League East division and have watched as nearly every one of their top pitchers has landed on the disabled list.
The one constant in the Mets' rotation this year has been right-hander Jacob deGrom, who has made 23 starts this year and has a 13-5 record to go with a 3.21 ERA.
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However, on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets' bad luck struck again, this time in the form of a line drive off of Nick Williams' bat. As you can see in the video below, the line drive catches deGrom right in his throwing arm, forcing him to exit the game:
With the Mets cruising to a 10-0 victory over the Phillies, it obviously didn't make sense to keep deGrom in the game after the injury scare, though he did appear to be relatively OK in the immediate aftermath of the hit.
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After the game, deGrom told the New York Post that he expects to be all right and that he was lucky it didn't hit him in the elbow:
“It didn’t feel good when it hit me, but it’s all right now,” deGrom said. “I was fortunate enough it didn’t get me square in the elbow. It was above it.
“I think I will be fine."
Though the Mets have all but been eliminated from postseason contention this year, losing deGrom for any stretch of time will only make things worse in the Big Apple. Noah Syndergaard, the team's other ace, has been out since April with an injury.
Mets manager Terry Collins said taking deGrom out of the game after the hit to his right arm was simply a precautionary measure and that he would have gone to the bullpen soon anyway if the right-hander had managed to get out of the seventh inning.
“I just wanted him to finish that inning if he could,” Collins said. “But when he told me he got hit in the right arm, he was out.”
We'll have to wait and see if deGrom can make his next scheduled start next week, but with the way the Mets' season has gone so far, it wouldn't hurt them to give him a few extra days before he pitches again.
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