Mets rotation takes another hit as Scherzer leaves game with apparent injury

The Mets have jumped out to a sizable lead in the NL East, but their starting rotation may be about to take another huge hit.

Starter Max Scherzer was cruising through his start against the Cardinals when he stepped off the mound after throwing a pitch to Albert Pujols. He looked toward his dugout and immediately gestured across his throat, as if to say, “I’m done.”

This could be rough for a Mets team already without one ace, Jacob deGrom, who has yet to throw a pitch this season, and is still about a month away from throwing off a mound due to a stress reaction in his right scapula. Tylor Megill is also on the 15-day injured list with a biceps injury.

Losing both deGrom and Scherzer for any length of time could be disastrous.

Even though the Mets have carved out a six-game lead in the division, any significant injury for Scherzer could torpedo the team’s momentum, and drastically reduce its margin for error.

The Phillies have nine games remaining head-to-head against the Mets: three at Citi Field at the end of this month, three more in Queens in August, and a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park later in August.

Scherzer entered tonight’s start with a 4-1 record, a 2.66 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 44 innings.

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