New York Mets considering shutting down Jacob deGrom

Aug 15, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) watches from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) watches from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Mets season is starting to slip away. They have already fallen out of first place, dropping below .500 before their victory on Wednesday brought them back to the break even point. Their injury woes and lack of offense have finally caught up with them, as they are falling out of playoff contention.

This is leading the Mets to need to make decisions for next year and beyond. With that in mind, the team is reportedly considering shutting Jacob deGrom down for the rest of the season.

New York Mets need to think of future with Jacob deGrom

The Mets are in a difficult situation with deGrom. As they are just 4.5 games out of first in the NL East, they are still very much in the postseason hunt. Bringing deGrom back, even if he is not the same dominant pitcher he had been all year, could help with that playoff push.

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But they also have to be considered with 2022 and beyond. deGrom has had six injuries, mostly to his arm, this season, all of which have been relatively minor. However, those injuries all add up. The fact that deGrom has had setbacks, and is still on the Injured List, speaks volumes.

The Mets’ plans in the rotation revolve around deGrom going forward. He and Carlos Carrasco are the only two members of the rotation that are under contract beyond this season. If the Mets are going to contend next year, and into the future, he will need to remain healthy.

With that being the case, shutting deGrom down may be the right decision. If the Mets continue to slide backwards, there is no reason to push him in what could be another disappointing year. Ideally, having him healthy and ready to go will make a major difference next year.

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The New York Mets are considering shutting Jacob deGrom down for the rest of the year. It is the right move to make for the future.