Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday. Which means exactly zero pitchers are left healthy from the Mets vaunted cavalcade of young starters.
The good news is that Syndergaard does not have an arm issue; it is just strep throat. Terry Collins said Syndergaard should be back Monday or Tuesday.
But it is simply unreal that at this critical juncture in the season, none of the young studs is available. Sean Gilmartin will fill in for Syndergaard. Just how desperate are the Mets? — the most pitches Gilmartin has thrown in an outing since rejoining the team last month is 18.
Gabriel Ynoa gets the start Friday night after Steven Matz’s latest comeback was thwarted by pain.
Thank goodness for Bartolo Colon. At 73 years old and an undetermined weight, he is somehow the last man standing. Apparently, they just don’t build pitchers like they used to.