It took the Mets eleven innings in a true test of resiliency to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, as they were down two runs twice in their final turn at-bat’s. Both in the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the eleventh innings, the Mets were staring down a fourth consecutive loss to a underwhelming opponent. The Phillies seemed to have an answer for everything the Mets brought tonight, but a Jose Reyes two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at six, and ultimately a three-run walk-off home run by Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the eleventh, would propel this team to their biggest win of the season.
The Mets received their first victory of the season tonight when trailing after nine innings, which astonishingly pushed their record to 1-63. In what truly could go down as the craziest and greatest game of the 2016 season, the Mets very well may have just saved their own season with tonight’s victory. The Mets were two outs away in the bottom of the eleventh from headlines in the morning reading of another possible late September collapse, had they lost in heartbreaking fashion for the second night in a row. But a hanging slider by Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos to Cabrera, which sent a no-doubter into right field to send Citi Field into a frenzy was the difference between those stories being written tonight. Instead the stories being written, will be about another obstacle this 2016 team has overcome when the odds have been stacked against them.
I’m truly speechless as to what I just witnessed, as I have been on an emotional roller coaster over the past four hours watching the game. Sure there is plenty to be said about other factors of tonight’s game, but I’m just going to leave you with the video of Cabrera’s heroics below because quite frankly that’s all that matters tonight.
The Mets have activated both outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera off the 15-day DL prior to tonight’s contest. In a corresponding move infielder T.J. Rivera and utility player Ty Kelly have been optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cespedes who has been battling a quad injury since July, was finally placed on the disabled list on August 3rd after struggling at the plate as well as being in and out of the Mets lineup with soreness in his quad. Cespedes will provide a huge boost to the Mets lineup as he is their best offensive player. It will also be exciting to see both Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes patrol the outfield for the first time since Bruce’s acquisition at the Trade Deadline. Cespedes was hitting .289 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs in 94 games prior to going on the disabled list.
Cabrera is also making his return tonight after suffering a strained left patellar tendon back on July 31st rounding third base. The injury at the time looked like it had the potential to be season ending so it is nice to see Cabrera back with the big club. Cabrera will regain his shortstop duties with Jose Reyes moving back over to third base. The switch-hitting shortstop was hitting .255 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs in 100 games prior to hitting the DL.
Both Rivera and Kelly will head back to Las Vegas as two of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League with well over .300 averages. In fact Rivera leads the PCL with a .349 average, with Kelly not too far behind with a .342 average. Both players served servicible roles for the Mets and we can expect them both back in September if not sooner if another injury decides to peak it’s head.
The Mets have announced that Asdrubal Cabrera has been diagnosed with a strained patella tendon in his left knee and will be out for 2 weeks. Cabrera will be given a platelet-rich plasma injection in New York today. It had been reported that Asdrubal Cabrera was on his way back to New York for more testing on his left knee, by Mike Puma of the NY Daily News this morning. Many people around the organization had maintained a tone that Cabrera had dodged a serious injury, including Assistant GM JP Riccardi. Riccardi told John Harper of the NY Daily News, “I don’t think it’s anything serious.”
Ruben Tejada will be the Mets starting shortstop for the time being, with Wilmer Flores retaining his utility role. This should put to rest all of the talk of Tejada being released or traded before Opening Night. It is now fair to wonder if Cabrera will be ready for Opening Night in Kansas City? In my opinion, I’m going to assume that Cabrera will begin the season on the disabled list, and Tejada will be the Mets Opening Night shortstop.
Mets starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Thursday afternoon’s tilt against the Cardinals with a lower left leg injury. Cabrera was tagging up from first base to second base when the injury occured. Cabrera was wincing and grabbing the leg, prompting Manager Terry Collins to pull Cabrera out of the game. Cabrera slightly limped off the field and was replaced by Ruben Tejada.
SNY reported during the third inning that Cabrera is dealing with a sore left knee.
You have to imagine the Mets will take it easy with Cabrera the next few days, and with Matt Reynolds reportedly dealing with a nagging hamstring, Tejada should be getting the bulk of the starts the next few days at short…