Mets Pitching Staff Finally Gets Some Great News on the Injury Front
The New York Mets have had to overcome one pitching injury after another, yet still own the seventh-best team ERA (3.49) in baseball. It's a testament to how special of a year they are having. Fans will be glad to hear some good news for once as three noteworthy pitchers are nearing a return to the team.
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Most importantly, ace Max Scherzer will be activated from the injured list on Monday. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is fully recovered from left side fatigue and ready to contribute again down the stretch. Scherzer owns a 9-4 record, 2.26 ERA and 0.92 WHIP across 20 starts (127.2 innings).
Tylor Megill is also set to be activated on either Monday or Tuesday. The 27-year-old has been out since mid-June due to a right shoulder strain and will likely be used as a stealthy bullpen weapon upon his return. Megill has struck out 146 batters across 131.0 career innings pitched with the Mets.
The last piece to the puzzle here is reliever Drew Smith. Smith is expected to rejoin New York on Tuesday after firing back-to-back scoreless outing at the Triple-A level over the weekend. He'll be utilized as a late-inning option and owns a 3.30 career ERA in four seasons spent in the majors.
The Mets sit just 1.0 game up on the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Getting healthy at the right time could determine whether or not they capture the divisional title for the first time since 2015. New York has odds set at -230 to stave off the Braves, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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