The 2017 season for the New York Mets has been the low point for the franchise in a long time (and that’s saying something). The Mets were beaten on Thursday by the Braves to fall to 7.5 games behind the Nationals, who they take on this weekend, in the NL East. The Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 and, in typical Mets fashion, certain circumstances cause frustrations with this team. Not mentioning this team cannot hit and has no heart, the amount of injuries on the roster is absurd.
Yesterday sums up the Mets franchise in my lifetime. Noah Syndergaard’s start was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. No big deal, but Gsellman gets lit up on Wednesday. Now, on Thursday, Matt Harvey shows up the ballpark thinking he isn’t pitching, now has to start because Noah Syndergaard got pushed back AGAIN. And Harvey gets lit up. Then, naturally, Yoenis Cespedes had to be helped off the field after re-aggravating his hamstring injury after trying to rush back. So not only does this team stink right now, they are going to be without their two best players for an extended period of time. How the Mets have not fired their training staff after 10 years of constant injuries and poor decisions on the health of their franchise players in mindblowing.
This team is in need of a dire shake up. The team has no fight, no heart. Whether there is a firing or bringing up top prospects Amed Rosario and Dom Smith, something has to be done immediately. The way the Mets have been playing they will get swept by the Nationals and be over TEN games back. You can kiss the division title goodbye because no way the Mets catch this good of a Nationals team.
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Over the weekend, the Mets lineup picked up several injuries in a short period of time. In less than three days Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores were put on the Disabled List, Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera went down in with hurt hamstrings, Travis d’Arnaud has a wrist contusion and Jacob deGrom missed his scheduled start with a stiff neck. This does not include the other key Mets that were hurt before the season even started (David Wright, Seth Lugo, and Steven Matz).
Of course the injuries came just in time for a three-game series with their biggest division rival, the Washington Nationals. The Mets and their fans have grown accustomed to having to deal with injuries. Here is what they had to deal with last year compared to just 18 games this year:
Jay Bruce got off to a rough start in New York after the Mets traded for him at the trade deadline last August. At the time of the trade, Bruce was statistically one of the best hitters in baseball leading the MLB in home runs, 25, and RBIs, 80. He struggled after the trade, only hitting eight home runs with 19 RBI in 50 games. The New York crowd and media got on him quickly; something he was not accustomed to playing in the smaller market of Cincinnati.
It was reported that Bruce felt uncomfortable in the hostile environment that is New York fans and that the Mets were looking to trade him in the offseason. After not getting a good enough offer, the Mets decided to hold on to him, and it’s paying dividends.
With six homers and 14 RBI 14 games, he’s one of the only hitters in the Mets’ everyday lineup that they can rely on. Tonight against the Phillies, Bruce homered twice and drove in all five runs as the Mets won 5-4. He is warming up to New York and the fans are warming up to him. After his second home run that put the Mets ahead, Bruce came out for a curtain call after being egged on by the home crowd.
Jay Bruce Slams Two Home Runs As Mets End Four Game Skid
The Mets are feeling the pain of the absence of their All-Star closer Jeurys Familia. Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season due to a domestic issue in the offseason.
The team has been using a wide range of pitchers out of the bullpen in order to fill the temporary void left by Familia. It has not helped that the starters have yet to go deep into games along with three extra inning games already. Even though the starters have not pitched deeper in the games, they have been dominant. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey combined for a 1 .89 ERA over 19 innings. The bullpen blew all three of their starts in the late innings against the Marlins: Josh Edgin on Friday, Fernando Salas on Saturday and Addison Reed on Sunday.
The bullpen has been mismanaged and overused already in this young season. Salas, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles have already appeared in eight games with Reed appearing in 7. With Familia returning tomorrow, the Mets and their fans can be nothing but relieved.
In the top of the eighth inning in a 2-2 ballgame, Phillies’ pitcher Edubray Ramos threw a 96 m.p.h. fastball over the head of Mets’ batter Asdrubal Cabrera. The shortstop started down Ramos while saying a few choice words for the reliever. Both benches were warned after the incident.
To understand why this happened, you would have to go back to September 22 of last season. The Mets were in the heat of a playoff race and were down two runs in the eleventh inning when Cabrera hit a three-run walk-off home run off Ramos. Cabrera tossed the bat into the air and raised his arms high.
Ramos apparently did not forget about that. But Cabrera did; he told reporters after the game he didn’t realize he hit the home run against Ramos. However, Cabrera and the Mets got the last laugh. Ramos walked Cabrera later in the at-bat and one batter later, Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run that turned out to be the difference in the ballgame.
Tim Tebow hit his second home run in his first professional series as a baseball player. Tebow is currently playing with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.
The former Heisman Trophy winner’s first home run in the Fireflies’ season opener on Thursday went viral along with his second one. Tebow ended the series against the Augusta GreenJackets 3-for-13 with five RBIs. All five RBIs coming from via the long ball.
The New York Mets came into today having the best Opening Day record in the the Major Leagues with a 35-20 record. They increased their number to 36 wins thanks to a 7th inning rally that pushed across 7 runs.
The second-largest crowd in Citi Field was starting to get frustrated as the Braves kept the Mets silent for six innings, but then both the fans and the bats woke up for a late implosion of the Braves bullpen. The runs started with an overturned call at home that plated Wilmer Flores and was capped with a bases clearing, 3 RBI double for Lucas Duda.
Noah Syndergaard pitched six lights-out innings for the Metropolitans before exiting the game early due to a blister on the top of his right middle finger. Although he said it did not impact his grip on the baseball too much; his seven strikeouts can act as evidence. Syndergaard is not expected to miss his next start, but will be pushed back a day.
Terry Collins gave 24-year-old Noah Syndergaard the nod to take the mound in the first game of the new season. The selection was pretty much a no-brainer. “It was the easiest [decision] I’ve made in a while,” Collins said. The man dubbed, “Thor,” led the Mets rotation in ERA, strikeouts and WHIP, among a multitude of categories last season.
“It’s just a huge honor,” Syndergaard said later in the afternoon. “It’s something I’ve been working for ever since I was with the Mets, to be the Opening Day starter at one point. I’m extremely thrilled that Terry instills that kind of confidence in me. I’m going to go out there and get the job done.”
Syndergaard is also the only returning starter to have not missed time due to undergoing a surgery like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz all did. In his first full MLB season, Syndergaard went 14-8 with a 2.60 ERA. He struck out 218 batters over 183.2 innings pitched. He also started the National League Wild Card game in which he gave up only two hits and struck out 10.