Noah Syndergaard injury means it could be time for Mets to hit panic button

The Noah Syndergaard injury is another familiar chapter to a familiar story for the Mets.

Maybe now it's time for the Mets to enter "oh s—" mode.

With the news that Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his Thursday start vs. the Braves with a tired arm, you can hear the collective gasps in Flushing all over the country.

The good news is that, so far for the Mets, pitching hasn't been as much of a problem. The staff ranks third in the National League in ERA to this point and still boasts one of the deeper rotations in MLB with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman.

With Syndergaard out for at least one start with suspected biceps tendinitis, it shouldn't be anything to really freak out about. But Syndergaard's injury is just the icing on the crap-cake for the Mets, and a familiar story for their fans.

FAGAN: Mets offense is bad, bad, bad

Over their last 10 games, the Mets are 1-9, with their sole victory a one-run win over the Phillies on April 19. Over their last five (0-5), the Mets have scored 13 runs.

Offensive offenses aren't anything new with New York. Despite a pretty good second half offensively in 2016, New York finished 12th in the NL in hits, batting average and OBP and 11th in runs scored. They did finish second in the NL in home runs, but were shut out in the wild-card game vs. San Francisco.

The offensive woes even go back to their World Series run in 2015, where they finished the season middle of the pack offensively. Oh, and Max Scherzer no-hit them in the penultimate game of the regular season.

A largely unchanged roster from 2016 to this season yields worse results: Jose Reyes: .114. Neil Walker: .197. Curtis Granderson: 141. David Wright is out for the foreseeable future. Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda are both sidelined with injuries. Couple that with an injury to Syndergaard, Steven Matz and his inability to stay healthy, the once daunting Met team and perennial World Series contender could falter quickly.

MORE: Daniel Murphy is crushing the Mets

There's plenty of time left in the season to bolster the offense, and for their pitching to get healthy. It shouldn't be all doom-and-gloom. There will be trade partners available for corner infield as the season progresses.

The Mets and Royals, World Series opponents in 2015, could become strange bedfellows as the deadline draws closer. Mike Moustakas is off to a very good start with the Royals, batting .276 with seven home runs so far this season, and would be a natural fit for the Mets. The lingering question, of course, would be the status of Wright and his future with the team.

Or, reinforcements could come from Triple-A Las Vegas, where top shortstop prospect Ahmed Rosario is waiting for his shot at the big-league roster.

The offense is the biggest issue. But mix in the injury to Syndergaard, a fairly inconsistent Zack Wheeler and still some bullpen questions, it might get late early for the Mets.

Sure, there's plenty of time left for the Mets to again become the kings of Queens. But sooner than later, the only Flushing that will matter is the Mets playoff hopes down the toilet ... again.

What to read next

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes