With Syndergaard: 17.3 percent
Without Syndergaard: 15.3 percentThe New York Mets have lost an important member of their vaunted rotation for the 2020 season. Hard-throwing righty Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will have Tommy John surgery, the Mets confirmed Tuesday. Syndergaard, 27, will have surgery on Thursday, the team said. The NL East was poised to be one of the more competitive divisions in baseball in 2020. It’s home to the Nationals, the defending World Series champions, the two-time defending division champion Braves, as well as the Mets and Phillies. According to SportsLine, here are the Mets’ chances of making the playoffs and winning the division in 2020 with and without Syndergaard (based on a 162-game season):”After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact,” GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery. “Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent,” Van Wagenen added. “While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future.”
1. New York still has a formidable rotation
The depth beyond the top five is rather thin — up-and-down righty Walker Lockett is likely next in line for a rotation spot — but they’ll still send a viable big-league starter to the mound every five days. DeGrom is excellent, Stroman is very good, Porcello will chew up innings, and Matz and Wacha have upside.
The tighter the division, the more likely it is one big injury derails a team in the race. The Mets may have just suffered that injury.
2. The Mets are at a disadvantage in the NL East
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With Syndergaard: 35.4 percent
Without Syndergaard: 32.3 percent
3. Syndergaard’s free agency will be hurt
If a player needs a major surgery, now is the time to have it. Syndergaard is done for the year either way, but with each passing day it becomes more likely the 2020 season will not include a full 162 games, so he’s missing fewer team games. For all intents and purposes, Syndergaard is missing a partial season, not a full season. That’s the silver lining in an otherwise terrible situation. Here are four things to know about Syndergaard’s injury and what it means for the Mets.
4. This is the time to have a major surgery
Syndergaard is the latest big-name pitcher to require Tommy John surgery this spring. Tigers prospect Joey Wentz have all needed their elbows rebuilt in recent weeks. Tommy John surgeries typically peak in February and March as pitchers increase their throwing.Before his elbow starting acting up, Syndergaard appeared in three Grapefruit League games this spring and looked healthy. He allowed four runs (three earned) in eight innings while striking out 11 and walking zero. There were no indications his ulnar collateral ligament was about to give out., , , , and