With a 47-40 record, the New York Mets currently sit first place in the NL East, however, their divisional rivals are hot on their trail. The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Mets by 3.5 games while the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are 4.0 and 6.0 games back, respectively. Fortunately, some help could be on the horizon for New York.
The Mets received some great news on Sunday regarding two of their injured pitchers — David Peterson and Carlos Carrasco. While Peterson has been out of the lineup since late June, Carrasco has yet to play a game this season. Nevertheless, the latest injury updates are promising.
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Newsday's Tim Healey reported that Peterson had played catch for the first time on Sunday since going down with a right oblique strain on June 30. While he's still "several weeks away" from getting back into the Mets rotation, this progress is still encouraging. The 26-year-old lefty is 2-6 through 15 starts so far this season, pitching to a 5.54 ERA and 1.395 WHIP.
Carrasco, who was traded (along with Francisco Lindor to the Mets from the Cleveland Indians in a six-player deal) has yet to make his 2021 MLB season debut due to him tearing his hamstring during spring training. Nevertheless, Healey had some great news on his recovery as well. Carrasco will pitch "two or three innings" in a rehab game on Thursday, however, it's unknown which minor affiliate he'll play for. He had a 3-4 record and 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with Cleveland last season, striking out 10.9 batters per 9 innings pitched.
Getting both Carrasco and Peterson back in the lineup at full health would go a long way in helping the Mets remain World Series contenders throughout the second half of the season. New York's +900 odds to go on a championship run in 2021 rank 5th across the MLB, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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