2 things going wrong, 2 going right for the Mets in 2023

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NY Mets negatives: More injuries than last season

Injuries have really hurt this Mets team, going back to before the season even started. The first and biggest blow was the loss of Edwin Diaz during Puerto Rico's celebration at the World Baseball Classic. Losing the best closer in baseball in March was not a good omen for the Mets.

The injuries continued in spring training as Jose Quintana was diagnosed with a fractued rib that would force him out of action for at least half the season. Quintana was counted on to be an innings eater and coming off a 2.93 ERA he was being counted on to be productive.

As we reached Opening Day we hoped we were safe from further injuries. That was not the case as news broke Justin Verlander would start the season on the IL with a muscle strain. Verlander was our $40 plus million replacement for Jacob deGrom.

deGrom was really the only major injury the Mets had in 2022. 2023 has already surpassed that. The injuries in the rotation have forced depth options to be used and they have not been particularly effective. It has been hard for the Mets to get five innings out of their starters, let alone six. This means more innings for minor league relievers getting shuttled back and forth from Triple-A.