To their surprise, they have reached that level despite not having either ace around for most of the season.
Since Steven Cohen took over the team a couple of years ago, he has made other top signings (Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha come to mind), some savvy trades (Francisco Lindor and Chris Bassitt are prime examples), and has overhauled the scouting and player development departments.
They have incorporated more analytics, too.
All the work is paying off: the team leads the NL East by 3.5 games over the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
And they haven’t even had deGrom all year.
“So the Mets are 50-30 after only 10% of their games were started by deGrom and Scherzer and both of those guys are coming back. Yikes,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
So the Mets are 50-30 after only 10% of their games were started by deGrom and Scherzer and both of those guys are coming back. Yikes.
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) July 5, 2022
We Haven’t Seen How Dominant The 2022 Mets Can Be
Do you know what that means?
The Mets are only going to get better.
Their aces’ absences have created opportunities for other pitchers to step up and develop.
But now, Scherzer is slated to return from the injured list on Tuesday, against the Cincinnati Reds.
He had been out since mid-May with an oblique strain.
And deGrom completed his first rehab outing in Single-A St. Lucie, throwing 100-mph darts.
He could realistically be back before the end of the month.
If that happens, look out: the Mets may run away with the National League.
They are just too good for any lineup to handle them on consecutive days.