Mets could be without Max Scherzer for 2 months

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Already missing Jacob deGrom, the Mets could be without Max Scherzer for two months.

DeGrom has been out all season with a stress reaction in his right shoulder and now Scherzer, who exited his start Wednesday night with pain in his side, is out 6 to 8 weeks with a "moderate to high grade" oblique strain.

Major, major blow for the Mets, who are 6-2 in Scherzer's starts. The 37-year-old ace is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA and more than five times as many strikeouts as walks. He's already faced the Phillies three times this season, beating them twice.

The Mets lead the NL East at 26-14, seven games ahead of the Phillies. Their road ahead is difficult, particularly without Scherzer. After Thursday, the Mets hit the road to face the Rockies and Giants, then after home series with the Phillies and Nationals, they have a 10-game trip to face the Dodgers, Padres and Angels.

The March 12 acquisition of Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.34) from the Athletics now looks like a godsend for the Mets. Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, Trevor Williams and lefty David Peterson will likely fill out the rest of the rotation until one of the aces is ready to return.

The Phillies face the Mets next weekend in New York.

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