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Heading into spring training, the New York Mets were a pretty trendy pick to possibly make a playoff push in 2015. Even though they have been down for a few years, they had just enough young talent to make things interesting. However, they received some devastating news when Zack Wheeler went down with arm issues pretty early on. As is the case with many ailing hurlers, Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which requires Tommy John surgery. All of a sudden, the 2015 season has been put in limbo.
The hype surrounding the New York Mets mostly centered around their very young and talented pitching staff. Headlined by Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, this team is loaded with fantasy baseball talent just now breaking into the majors. Wheeler is another outstanding pitcher who has been highly ranked in the minors for a few years. Not having him on the roster is really going to hurt their depth.
Since the only dominant team in the National League East right now appears to be Washington, there is a chance that someone is able to step up and take the place of Wheeler during the regular season. Dillon Gee is probably going to take his spot in the rotation to begin the year, but his fantasy baseball ceiling is not nearly as high. New York will also rely on their hitting a little bit more, as they definitely need to be a bit more consistent as far as that is concerned.
Arm injuries seem to be a trend around baseball, and the New York Mets have been hit particularly hard. Hopefully, he will be able to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2016 season. Fans of the New York Mets are hoping that they can overcome this and still be competitive in 2015.
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