Nicknamed the Amazins, the New York Mets have certainly not lived up to that nickname this year. During a recent ten game span, the Mets are just 4-6. Five of the six loses have come against the Atlanta Braves, the worst team in the National League, and the sixth lost came against the division leading Washington Nationals. Currently, June 28th, the Mets find themselves in third place in the NL East and four games out of third place.
Injury has completely plagued the Mets’ season. The list of injuries is nearly too long to list. First, David Wright was diagnosed with a herniated disk. Wright had to undergo surgery which has left him sidelined for the rest of the season. Steven Matz has recently
been diagnosed with a bone spur. The May 2016 Rookie of the Month, if he were to undergo surgery would not be able to perform baseball activities for at least six weeks. Noah Syndergaard has also been diagnosed with a bone spur. Syndergaard will not confirm if he does or not but club officials have made it public that he doses. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, although third in all star voting among outfielders, also has not been able to stay clear of the injury bug. After diving into the stands at Citi Field for a foul ball, Cespedes injured his hip. More recent injuries were an injured wrist while playing against the roles, for which he received a cortisone shot, and on a slide back into first on a pick off attempt in Atlanta, Cespedes came up with a lame ankle. The Mets’ first baseman, Lucas Duda, injured his back early on in the season will remain out for a majority of the summer. Finally, outfielder Michael Conforto is the worst off out of many of the aforementioned players. Confort, who injured his wrist at the beginning of May, was given a cortisone shot and told he could play. The result, Conforto went from batting .330 in the previous month, batted sub .120 and was sent down to the minors on June 25th. Conforto may file the grievance against the Mets, for sending him to the minors due to injury.
In recent days the Mets have either made additions or moving towards making additions. When the Mets sent down Michael Conforto to Triple- A Las Vegas, outfielder Brandon Nimmo was called up to replace him. Nimmo was the Mets’ first round drat pick back in 2011. Also, the Mets have signed Jose Reyes to a minor league contract. Reyes has since played two games with Class-A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones and has joined the Binghamton Mets. Also the Mets held a private workout for Cuban third baseman Yulieski Gourriel. Gourriel would certain fill in nicely in the third base position for the Mets and Gourriel has said he would like to play with former teammate, Yoenis Cespedes.
The Mets have ten games remaining until the all-star break. This includes, two games in Washington D.C., four games against the Cubs, three against the Marlins, and four against the Nationls, all at home. In order for the Mets to realistically stay in the playoff chase, the Mets need to beat the Nationals four out of six tries, and take two from the Marlins and Cubs. If the Mets were to fall to anything more than four games back at the break they have set themselves up for disaster. The Mets can not count on another Nationals collapse this season.