Jacob deGrom appears on target to make his regularly-scheduled start on Monday, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). DeGrom threw his second bullpen session without incident. Though the Mets haven’t set anything in stone, the unofficial best pitcher on the planet should take the hill against the Braves two days from now.
Jeff McNeil is likely to join deGrom on the diamond on Monday, per Tim Healey of Newsday (via Twitter). McNeil has been out with a hamstring strain since May 16th. McNeil was hitting .242/.336/.374 when he went on the injured list. Though still six percent better than average with the bat, that’s a far cry from McNeil’s usual production. He owned a 139 wRC+ across 1,024 plate appearances coming into the season. In the other dugout today…
- The Nationals have some updates on their own star hurlers. Stephen Strasburg was playing catch in the outfield today – a small, but positive step in the right direction. There remains no timetable for Strasburg’s return.
- Max Scherzer, however, will throw a bullpen session later today and potentially return to the rotation on Tuesday in Philadelphia, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). The Nats rotation has held up surprisingly well in Scherzer’s absence: They’ve posted a 0.78 team ERA since Scherzer exited his latest start after just two hitters. Should he remain on track and return Tuesday, however, he’ll no doubt provide a boost to the surging Nats, winners of five in a row. [UPDATE: Scherzer told Zuckerman and other reporters that he is “all good” for Tuesday’s start.]
- Two years ago on this date, Gerardo Parra walked to the plate to “Baby Shark” for the first time, sparking a trend that would enliven Nats fans for the entirety of their magical 2019 campaign. Parra might soon bring his act back to Washington, per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter notes). The 11-year veteran has a .222/.385/.333 line in 91 plate appearances for the Nats Triple-A club this season.
Parra call up?
I hope Degrom is healthy when the WS starts.
You are amazingly annoying
I’m sure his arm will be just fine sitting on the couch.
Unfortunately he’ll be healthy in his recliner, watching the World Series.
He may tear his UCL using the remote.
He probably will be but it won’t matter, he’ll be watching it from the couch like he has every other year lately. The Mets never play baseball in October these days.
As a 39 year old Mets fan, chill dude. You’re making us all look like turds. Yes they’re 10 over .500 and stomping on a bad division, and yes their injuries are insanely debilitating, but at least try to be cool and don’t forget about 2007 and 2008.
He’s literally the resident Mr. Met mascot here. Adorable, over-bearing, and not much else.
Not sure how they make room for Parra on the roster but I would love it. Some guys bring more to the club than just their stats.
The Nationals have only 12 position players on the active roster right now and only 3 are OFs, so they definitely have room on the 26. Not sure about the corresponding move on the 40-man but there are a number of pitchers who’d be candidates.
Happy to hear deGrom is able to make his next start but if he leaves early again, they have to put him on the IL and let him get healthy. Mets have a big enough lead to allow deGrom to miss 2-3 starts and still stay in 1st place.
As a Phillies fan…please bring up Parra over Hernandez
Yadiel is a good player its a shame he’s blocked.
One of Phillie, Atl, or Washington is bound to heat up and make the second half an interesting race.
What about Albert Amora Jr.? He was supposed to be back from the IL by now.
He’s playing now. They placed Lucchesi on the IL to open the spot on the active roster.
I don’t understand placing Lucchesi on the IL which means he is unavailable for the Mets 3rd double header next Friday.
All these guys suffering from ‘inflammation’, what happened to ice and ibuprofen?
Ice yes but it’s not enough; as for ibuprofen, it’s steadily falling out of favor–new studies show it slows healing at the same time it reduces inflammation.
As for Lucchesi on the IL, that’s why they just selected Eickhoff. Give another so-so pitcher a shot