I feared the worst for the Mets’ 2020 season when we found out that two members of the team had tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday. Fortunately, all subsequent tests have been negative and the team is set to resume play tonight after having four games postponed.
The Mets will get the action restarted with two seven-inning games against Miami tonight, but ace pitcher Jacob deGrom won’t be on the mound for either of them. Instead, he’s slated to start on Wednesday. It’s a strange decision since it means deGrom would miss all five games against the Yankees (two doubleheaders to make up for last weekend and one standalone game) this weekend.
I guess what the Mets are trying to do is save deGrom for nine-inning games in which they need the starter to go longer. I get the appeal of deGrom easily completing a shortened game by himself, but with the rotation already in shambles, it’s easy to defend what the Mets are doing. Plus, games against division rivals are more valuable in the standings than the Subway Series games, no matter what your heart or the back pages might tell you.
Thanks to the three-game winning streak the Mets put together before the COVID-19 postponements, they’re in ninth place in the National League, just percentage points behind San Francisco for the final playoff spot. Unfortunately, injuries continue to mount, with both Tomas Nido and Andres Gimenez are headed to the injured list.
So the backup catcher situation is a little scary right now, but Gimenez won’t be missed too much if Amed Rosario gets his act together.
I know everyone is excited for the Mets to play five games in three days against the Yankees this weekend, but these next four against Miami are just as important. The recent postponements have put the pitching staff in an even tougher spot than before, so it will be up to the lineup to persevere.