The injury woes continue for the New York Mets as the team pushes scheduled starter Steven Matz from Thursday to Sunday.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News is reporting that Matz will miss his scheduled start on Thursday due to a blister on his finger. He is now scheduled to start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Jason Vargas will make the start in place of Matz. He brings a 7.71 ERA to Arizona. Not exactly the guy you want on the mound when you’re in desperate need for a win. To be fair, Vargas went five innings in his last two starts and gave up a total of two earned runs. So he’s been better of late, but he’s still a total wild card every time he takes the mound.
Normally, a blister wouldn’t be cause for panic. This sounds like an extremely minor injury and they’re likely pushing Matz’s start back as a precaution. But these aren’t normal circumstances. This is the Mets we’re talking about.
After such a promising start to the season, this team has completely fallen off the map. Injuries, an anemic offense, and an erratic bullpen have led to a complete nosedive in Queens.
Hopefully, this blister for Matz is only a minor setback, but until then, Mets fans should be holding their breath.