What was a vibrant, stellar pitching staff for the New York Mets at the start of the season continues to get setback after setback.  In what has become almost an unbelievable scenario more bad news came today.  Noah Syndergaard will miss his scheduled Saturday start with strep throat.  That news came on the heels of the announcement that Steven Matz was scratched from his slated Friday start against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets had hoped that Matz would be able to return to the rotation after being sidelined since August 14.  Matz had been diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement problem.  He threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and woke up this morning (Thursday) with the pain back in that shoulder.

Matz was 9-8 with an ERA of 3.40 and now the Mets say Matz may have to be shutdown for the rest of 2016.  They already have lost Matt Harvey with thoracic outlet syndrome and Jacob deGrom with ulnar nerve issues.

Getty Images Photo by Rich Schultz.
Getty Images Photo by Rich Schultz.

Zach Wheeler is recovering from Tommy John suregery and hoped to get back late in the season but now he has been shutdown as well.

Who is replacing these standouts ?  Sean Gilmartin will start against the Phillies Saturday. Gabriel Ynoa gets the nod tonight (Friday) and Robert Gsellman will also join the rotation along with Seth Lugo.  Meanwhile through all this the Mets remain in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the post-season.

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