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NY Mets Darkest Timeline: A bleak look at an alternative path

Jun 26, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) back in the dugout after giving up a run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) back in the dugout after giving up a run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 7: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets reacts in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on July 7, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won 4-3. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Jacob deGrom suffers a far more devastating injury

Losing Jacob deGrom for as long as they have definitely wreaked havoc on the Mets season in 2021. In the darkest timeline, the same thing happens only with worse results.

deGrom was having a spectacular year before landing on the IL. Unfortunately, missing about half of the year makes it far less memorable. He’ll no longer be a Cy Young contender. If he pitches at all again in 2021, we should consider ourselves lucky.

Meanwhile, over in the darkest timeline, deGrom gets hurt, too. The difference is his injury is mishandled by the team doctors and he ends up injuring himself worse. deGrom exits the 2021 season early, requires surgery, and won’t pitch again until sometime into the summer months of 2022.

Not dark enough? Let’s get darker.

Frustrated with the franchise, deGrom has a late-night talk with his wife about opting out of his contract following the 2022 season. Rumblings begin earlier in the year. Boos fill Citi Field on a regular basis. The players begin to thumbs down the fans; an idea from the sick mind of this evil version of deGrom. We even see him do it from the bench!

Going a little further in time, he makes his intentions clear and ends up getting traded at the 2022 deadline for what equates to a bucket of balls. One of the prospects gets suspended for PEDs just as it looks like the Mets will salvage something from the trade. deGrom goes on to win a championship with an NL East club or the New York Yankees. While his best days were with the Mets, he is most remembered for what he does on other teams.

There. I think I hurt you bad enough. Go find a hug somewhere. I think I need to wash my fingers.

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The 2021 season probably won’t go down as favorably as many dreamed it would. As bad as the climax may be, I send my regards to those living in the darkest timeline who had to go through an 0-162 campaign.

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