Replacing Noah Syndergaard in the Mets’ rotation might not be as difficult as finding substitutes for his replacement.
With Syndergaard scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday that will keep him sidelined into 2021, the Mets are minus a high-octane pitcher for this season (provided it eventually starts) but hardly in a crisis, according to National League talent evaluators.
“I think it’s more psychological than anything else,” a NL scout said Wednesday. “[Syndergaard] is such a physical presence, he gives you that intimidation factor and you do always have a sense that, ‘We have got a chance to win today.’ But if you look at him statistically he’s really not that overpowering.”
Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha arrived in the offseason as free agents and gave the Mets six starters for five spots. Before spring training was suspended two weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, the perception was Wacha and Steven Matz were battling for the final rotation spot. Now the Mets will count on both, in addition to a former American League Cy Young Award winner in Porcello. But their rotation depth has dissipated, leaving a huge question mark once the…