The Mets took another hit Monday when Marcus Stroman announced he was opting out. Stroman cited a number of things that worried him — the obvious one being the game of chicken every ballplayer is playing on trying to avoid the virus, the immediate being the Mets’ upcoming trip to Miami, the geographic symbol of MLB’s fight against COVID thanks to the Marlins.
And even if there were other concerns — Stroman is a free agent at the end of the year; there is likely little to be gained and much to lose in what would probably have amounted to an eight-start season for him — opting out is his right. Unlike the Yoenis Cespedes farce that played out in Atlanta last week, player and team handled this the right way.
But losing Stroman isn’t what should concern Mets fans.
It’s what happens now that should terrify them. Now, his absence won’t help. It means the Mets’ projected No. 2 and 3 starters, Stroman and Noah Syndergaard, won’t pitch an inning combined in 2020. It means the ancient Mets concern about six viable starters seems especially nostalgic and hilarious, given the fact that Michael Wacha’s shoulder has him on the IL now.
But of greater concern is…