Not much went right for the Mets this weekend on the field against the Colorado Rockies, but they did bounce back in a big way on Sunday.
From Thursday to Saturday about everything that could’ve gone wrong for the Mets pretty much did. From a second consecutive blown save by Jeurys Familia on Thursday to a lack of offense from Thursday to Saturday, the Mets looked to be squandering their playoff chances at an alarmingly fast rate with four consecutive losses heading into play Sunday.
Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list Friday, Jose Reyes was also placed on the disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game, and Yoenis Cespedes quadriceps injury seems to not be improving at the rate he or the team would like it to be. Injuries surely have played a part in the Mets struggles this season. It’s hard to imagine the Mets offense without Cespedes for an extended period of time, with the way the offense has struggled both with him and without him in the lineup.
Brandon Nimmo would make his return to New York on Friday to replace Juan Lagares, and the Mets would sign outfielder Justin Ruggiano on Saturday, and immediately add him to the 25-man roster to replace Jose Reyes. While Ruggiano is a career .250 hitter and not the sexiest name to add to the roster, the organization must’ve felt a veteran right-handed hitter with experience at all three outfield positions would be the best option for the time being. The team also passed on adding hot-hitting outfielder Travis Taijeron from Triple-A due to concerns of his high strikeout rate.
On Sunday it seemed a continuation of the Mets recent string of bad luck would continue as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera would be carried off the field after scoring and injuring his left knee rounding third base in the first inning. Cabrera was diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon and he is surely going to miss some time as Matt Reynolds has already been sent to New York to replace him on the roster. I would expect Wilmer Flores to get the starts at shortstop with Reynolds spelling him on days the team has Flores playing other positions.
But the Mets showed fight today. Fight that we haven’t seen in days as they battled the Rockies to the very end this afternoon. Neil Walker sent a very silent Citi Field into a frenzy as he belted a three-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Mets a 6-4 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. Addsion Reed would nail down his franchise-tying 26th hold of the season, and we got a vintage Jeurys Familia 1-2-3 ninth inning to inject some life back into the team. Today’s win was huge as the Mets could ill afford to be staring at a four-game sweep at home.
Monday starts the turn of the calendar to August. The Mets open with an always appealing four-game series against the New York Yankees on Monday night, and Monday also brings us the Trade Deadline. The Mets have been well connected to big name bats such as Jonathan Lucroy as well as Jay Bruce, and with the offense taking another hit with Asdrubal Cabrera now on the shelf, it will be interesting to see if there is more motivation to grab a bat at the deadline.
Between both the Trade Deadline and the Subway Series kicking off the first week of August, there is sure to be plenty of intrigue surrounding the Mets this upcoming week.