Miami Marlins division rivals are hit with injuries!

Edwin Diaz
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Let me preface this by saying that injuries are never a good thing, and I'm not celebrating that division rivals of the Miami Marlins are suffering from injuries. I don't wish any player to get hurt, this article is meant to discuss how it will affect the season, rather than celebrate the injuries. Once again, I hope that the players get healthy as soon as possible. I already wrote about how I'm not as high as others on the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Miami Marlins' division rivals have a bunch of injuries.

The Philadelphia Phillies are taking some serious hits to their rotation. Philly has a rival top prospect in Andrew Painter, but he's suffering from an ominous sounding UCL sprain. A UCL sprain is usually a precursor to Tommy John Surgery, which doesn't bode well for him this season. Another starter Ranger Suarez has forearm tightness, which could also lead to something more serious. Neither of these two were expected to be their aces this season, but this severely hurts their pitching depth for this season. Fangraphs projects Philly for 86 wins and any bad luck could push them further back.

The New York Mets lost Jose Quintana until July with a lesion on rib. This tests their rotation depth quite a bit, though as with Philly, he wasn't expected to be more than an innings eater. A bigger issue is a recent season-ending injury to closer Edwin Diaz, who left Puerto Rico's big win over the Dominican Republic with a right knee injury. The New York Mets bullpen is surprisingly perhaps pretty subpar without Diaz, and now it looks significantly worse. This puts even more pressure on their aging rotation, and that might just be enough to take a significant amount off wins off. Diaz was projected for 2 wins by Fangraphs, so this roughly takes them down to 89.

It's interesting to note that these injuries have all affected pitchers. It's even more evident that teams need to have as much pitching depth as possible. As the old adage says: "you can never have enough pitching". The New York Mets will almost certainly not win the division at this point.

Next. Get ready to look at the division differently.... dark