This season is doubling as a torture chamber for pitchers. So when a contingent of Mets, including trainer Brian Chicklo, huddled around Jacob deGrom in the second inning, you could imagine Citi Field would have been as quiet with a full house as the cardboard cutout fans were.
DeGrom literally showed Chicklo the middle finger on his right hand. The ace would say after a 4-2 Mets victory over the Marlins that he had more of a “hot spot” than a blister and would declare himself available every fifth day.
But you see how precarious this season is for the Mets — a season already more than one-quarter over if MLB is fortunate enough to complete 60 games. Early Sunday the Mets had placed Michael Wacha (shoulder inflammation) on the injured list where he joined Noah Syndergaard, who will not be coming back in 2020, and Marcus Stroman, still yet to pitch this year.
That rotation depth the Mets believed they had in spring is now like Ron Swoboda or Mookie Wilson, part of their history. It could choke you up, except if there is no crying in baseball, that is more true than ever this year and never more so than when the Marlins — or at least the guys in the Marlins uniform…