Huge sweep, at home no less. And all without their best hitter. Great pitching by Noah and a huge pinch-hit HR by Cabrera, our MVP this season. Now we got the lowly Marlins coming up…let’s keep taking care of business.
Regardless what the future still holds, injuries will always define Juan Lagares’ Mets career. Never has Lagares, the Mets’ Gold Glove center fielder, enjoyed a full, healthy big league season. This year, he did not come particularly close.
Lagares is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in the big toe of his left foot, the Mets announced Friday. The team placed him on the 10-day disabled list, reinstating reliever Jerry Blevins from paternity leave, with plans to send Lagares for surgery next week.
“It’s going to hurt us a little bit,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “We counted on Juan off the bench at times. He was probably in a situation where he was going to start playing a little more than he had, with some guys out. It’s going to hurt us.”
To think, I was going to write a post demanding that Lagares be named the starting CF and then comes this news…smh. It’s like we’re cursed sometimes. Time for Conforto and Nimmo to step it up. We don’t have any other choice.
An offseason focused on flexibility and injury prevention did not allow Yoenis Cespedes to avoid the disabled list. Following days of consideration, the Mets opted Wednesday to place Cespedes on the 10-day DL with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday. Cespedes will be eligible to return May 24.
Injuring his hip in a May 6 game, Cespedes initially played through the injury, going 5-for-15 with two walks and a home run in five games. On Tuesday, he underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, but the Mets still did not place him on the DL at that time. Only after playing shorthanded in their 12-2 win over the Blue Jays did the team decide to make a move, calling up utilityman Phillip Evans from Triple-A Las Vegas.
“The information I have is that he can get this resolved with some rest,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said of Cespedes. “He could have continued to gut it out, continued to play. We were hoping with the off-day and days like that, the progression would be there at some point, maybe this would go away while he was playing. … [We decided to] take a different route and make sure that we are cautious with him and get him back to being the Cespedes he can be soon.”
Honestly, this has gotten ridiculous. It’s the same quad issue that pops up every year with this guy. And the Mets have way too much invested in Cespedes to not take this extra seriously, much less wonder how often it’s going to keep happening. It’s been reported that Cespedes has given up golfing in his spare time during the season and even changed his workout regimen (even taking up yoga) to prevent these quad issues from arising. But clearly, that hasn’t worked. And when your team’s struggling and the same health issue keeps happening to your best player, it’s beyond frustrating to a Mets fan.
I know. I know. It’s way too soon to tell if Rosario’s a bust or not. But all the hype surrounding this guy last year and so far, other than an outstanding arm, nothing about this guy has impressed me. I mean, the guy can’t run, he swings at way too many balls out of the strike zone, his current OBP at .273 is beyond atrocious and even defensively at times he has too many lapses. No one was expecting the next Jeter over here, but nor were we seeking the next Rafael Santana either. If this keeps up by the All-Star break and the Mets are still hovering around .500, maybe they consider moving Asdrubal Cabrera to SS and calling up Gavin Cecchini and letting him play 2nd, if he’s healthy of course.
The New York Mets will skip struggling left-hander Jason Vargas’ next turn in the rotation on Tuesday.
Manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that Vargas will instead throw a simulated game before the Mets host Toronto. Vargas is 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA since returning from surgery on his right hand.
“You’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and just understand that the job wasn’t getting done,” Vargas said after completing a bullpen session before Friday night’s game at Philadelphia. “You have the opportunity to work on a few things and get some reps in that you wouldn’t normally be able to get in. I understood, totally got it. I need to be able to go out there and help the ball team win and those past three starts haven’t been it.”
I know that he was an All-star just last year and available at an affordable price when he became a free-agent, but I never really understood the need to sign Vargas this past off-season. Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo could’ve easily been the Mets 5th starter going into the season and I would’ve rather had another quality left-handed reliever to go with Jerry Blevins, than yet another starting pitcher. That said, to say that Vargas has been atrocious this season would be an understatement. So the Mets should be willing to try anything to help him clear his head and work on his mechanics right, including skipping a start.
I wouldn’t go as far as Schein does here, especially when I still think that Harvey deserved another chance to start after what would be his last start against the Braves a few weeks ago. I don’t think that Harvey’s done just yet, the guy has too much talent to be done this soon in his career. It just seems to be more a mental/confidence thing with Harvey and a need to mix his pitches more. Either way, some preferably bad team in the A.L. could use Harvey, most likely the Rangers, which would reunite him with old pitching coach Dan Warthen. And if the Mets could get a decent catcher or left-handed reliever from Texas before they have to release Harvey outright in the next few days from Texas, that could be a win for the Mets and Harvey.
Exercising that $8.5 million option could turn out to be the best move Sandy Alderson made this past offseason. And yes, I know it’s still early, but with just about the entire team, except Cabrera, struggling offensively, for April anyway, the little 2nd baseman has carried the load.
I liked Dave Eiland’s quote the best: “The game starts in the first inning, not the fourth.”
The pick-ins out there are pretty slim right now anyway. But what with an 11-1 start, my guess is that Thomas Nido and whoever backs him up can hold down the fort until Kevin Plawecki gets back in a couple of weeks or so. Of course, it’d be nice, with Travis d’Arnaud out for the season, if Plawecki could stay healthy for the rest of the year and take advantage of his opportunity to be a fulltime starting catcher, but with injuries you never know. Still, with the Mets hot start, as long as they keep winning, they can worry about who’s behind the plate later.
The guy’s a lifetime .290 hitter with 300-plus home runs and just drove in 90 runs during his last full season all the way back in 2016. Sandy Alderson got him on the cheap this off-season and at 35 years old, he should already be plenty motivated to prove that he still has some baseball left in him. Then too, when it comes to defense, his own manager has said that Gonzalez has been ‘amazing’. In other words, 5 games into the season and people need to calm down about the Mets current outfield jam and give Gonzalez a couple of months to prove himself, before begging Callaway to move Jay Bruce to 1st base just so Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares can play more.