Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets reportedly has torn a ligament in his throwing elbow. This injury means he will need Tommy John surgery and will be sidelined for the entire 2015 season. This is a big blow for the Mets rotation and is the second pitcher they lost to injury this week. Left hander relief pitcher Josh Edgin will also be sidelined for the season for needing Tommy John surgery. Wheeler is a 24 year old kid who has a bright future and was projected to have a good season for the Mets so seeing him sidelined this year is going to be tough. He had two MRIs on his shoulder in the offseason on his elbow, but both tests said no damage. The up and coming Mets will have to move on and see what they can do without Wheeler.
This is not the first time the Mets lost one of their better pitchers to Tommy John surgery. The Mets lost their young stud last year Matt Harvey due to injury so they will have to wait another year to see the Harvey and Wheeler be their one and two in the staff. The question is now who will replace him in the rotation? "We're still digesting the injury to Zack and really have not started to address that issue," Sandy Alderson, the general manager said. According to manager Terry Collins, all eyes are pointing at Dillon Gee to take his spot in the rotation. Gee last year took Harvey’s spot after his injury and was planning on going to the bullpen for the 2015 season. Gee made 22 starts last season so it only makes sense for him to pitch again in place of Wheeler as he shows experience.
The Mets do have a few other options, as they have two top pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Syndergaard ranks 16 in the top prospects in the country. According to many reports, Syndergaard has the ability to become an ace over time and has a very good fastball with above average off speed pitches. This spring he has looked good, recording 7 strikeouts in 4.2 innings according to Bleacher Report. The one problem with Syndergaard is his inconsistency and his command. He may come out very dominant one day, but the next day get hit around. If the Mets do decide to call up Syndergaard, he certainly has a lot of work to do and could be dominant as a rookie. He has a shot at double digit wins and could eventually become a 1 or 2 pitcher for the Mets if he improves over time.
My Projected Rotation after the Injury
1- Matt Harvey
2- Dillon Gee
3- Jacob deGrom
4- Jon Niese
5- Bartolo Colon
However, I do believe Syndergaard will become active in this rotation and either steal Gee's spot and move him into the rotation or take Colon or Niese's spot if they are not producing.
REMEMBER: This is my opinion of their rotation.