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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the New York Mets on the verge of the start of the 2020 season, they’ll need to be sure to have depth in the rotation in case of injury.

It wouldn’t be New York Mets without an injury scare in just before Opening Day, now would it?

A few days ago, less than two weeks before the start of the 2020 MLB season, Mets fans held their breath after hearing that 2x Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game after the first inning after experiencing back issues.

Thankfully, this appeared to be a false alarm, as deGrom was examined and given a clean bill of health and he was removed as a precautionary measure. As things stand, looks to be on track to start against the Braves on Opening Day.

However, this injury scare is a reminder that issues can arise at any time in baseball, as Mets fans know all too well, and with this year’s season shortened to just 60 games, every win matters, and in the event someone in the starting rotation goes down, the Mets need to know they have the depth to replace them.

As things currently stands, after Noah Syndergaard was ruled out for the season back in March, our rotation consists of deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Michael Wacha, and Rick Porcello.

While New York has the upside to be one of the better rotations in the league, several of these pitchers have a history of injury, and as always, the Mets need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Luckily, they do have a few solid choices for a replacement in the event one of their starting pitchers is suddenly unavailable for a turn in the rotation.

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