Most of the issues surrounding the 2022 Mets -- and to be fair, there aren’t many -- are relative quibbles. The lack of a reliable lefty reliever. A lineup that could stand to hit a few more homers. The absence of consistent offensive production from the catcher position.
If there’s something that could spell real, lasting trouble for the Mets, it would be an injury to one of their excellent starting pitchers. While that list begins with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, it doesn’t end there. So the Mets had to cringe when one of their most consistent starters, Carlos Carrasco, departed Monday night’s 13-1 loss to the Braves due to left side tightness. Carrasco will undergo an MRI Tuesday morning to determine the severity of his issue.
“What happened is it just got tight, and I didn’t want to push it,” Carrasco said. “On the last pitch of the game, I just felt tight. … We’ve just got to wait until tomorrow, how I feel tomorrow, and then we’ll go from there.”
If Carrasco does miss significant time, it would have a profound effect on the Mets’ rotation. Until Monday, Carrasco had gone undefeated since the start of July, posting a 1.69 ERA in seven starts. The Mets won every one of them.