Mets Mailbag: What are the best and worst case Jacob deGrom scenarios?

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Jacob deGrom treated image, winding back to throw with orange X behind head
Jacob deGrom treated image, winding back to throw with orange X behind head

SNY's Andy Martino will be responding to and breaking down answers to Mets questions from readers. Here's the latest...

What are the most realistic best- and worst-case scenarios for deGrom next year? Are there some in the organization who think he'll never be the same pitcher again? —@noahgittell

There is so much uncertainty around Jacob deGrom that I probably shouldn't be taking this question yet. However, because it is clearly at the forefront of so many readers’ minds -- understandably so -- we’ll give it a stab with what we know as of now.

The best-case scenario for deGrom is if he picks up where he left off in July and has the type of season to which we’ve become accustomed. That would be fun for the Mets and all of us who watch them, and it’s not something we should rule out. It’s not like we’re definitely watching deGrom’s decline.

It is fair to say, however, that the organization doesn’t quite know what to expect, and that in itself is cause for some anxiety.

For much of the past two months, there was a lack of clarity, even internally, over the extent of deGrom’s elbow injury. More recently, deGrom insisted that his ligament was fine.

The word now is that he will have a normal offseason.

Whatever happened this year, it will probably take until spring training to get a true read on how deGrom’s 2022 will go.

Will he be back to normal? Delayed? Pitching but diminished? Truly, no one can know yet. It’s a massive question that will hang over the team all winter.