Joey Lucchesi Out For Season
Tim Britton of The Athletic reports New York Mets starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi will miss the remainder of the season after electing to have Tommy John surgery Thursday.
Joey Lucchesi will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday.
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) June 22, 2021
Lucchesi left Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals after 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out five batters. Reports surfaced Monday that he had a significant tear to his ulnar collateral ligament, all but guaranteeing he would not pitch until the 2022 season at the earliest.
Making eight starts in his first season with the Mets, Lucchesi had a 4.46 ERA, 26.1% K rate and a 1-4 record. In the 2020 season, as a member of the San Diego Padres, he started two games, posting an 0-2 record with a 7.94 ERA.
The Mets’ starting rotation leads the majors in ERA at 2.63, which is carried by ace Jacob deGrom’s dominant performances. They are hoping to have Noah Syndergaard, and Carlos Carrasco enter the rotation this season. Syndergaard is currently recovering from Tommy John, and Carlos Carrasco is recovering from a torn hamstring.
With a 37-30 record, the team is currently first in the National League East, with the second-place Philadelphia Phillies four games back. The Mets are +850 to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.