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Currently sitting in second place in the National League East, nine games behind the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets have had a whirlwind of a season. Their season has included a suspension, players not showing up to games, over a dozen injuries, and to top it off the Mr. Met flipped off the fans.
Offensively, the Mets are near the top third of the Major Leagues in runs scored and homeruns. What is lacking is the overall team batting average, which is currently ranked 21st in the league only hitting .247 as a team. Slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who recently returned from a strained hamstring injury, will help raise that average. His return will also boost the morale of the locker room, which could help turn this team around.
Now, the pitching is a whole different story. The starting rotation and the bullpen have been flat out bad. No consistency has been produced post-Noah Syndergaard injury. The young ace and emerging superstar suffered a torn lat muscle on May 1st, and is still four weeks away from throwing. The ERA of the starting pitchers is 4.86, which is good for 26th in the league. The bullpen’s is not much better sitting at 24th in the league with a 4.69 ERA.
The Noah Syndergaard injury was not even the beginning for the Mets pitching staff. The Mets lost Steven Matz and Seth Lugo in spring training, both made their season debuts last week. Closer Jeurys Familia suffered an arterial clot in his right shoulder on May 11th and is currently on the 60-Day DL. The Mets have used 22 different pitchers this season.
The woes of the pitching staff leads us right into the drama that is, Matt Harvey. Harvey recently was diagnosed with a stress injury in his right arm. He is listed as day to day, but is expected to miss several weeks. This is just the latest on the list of injuries for Harvey, and its starting to become a lengthy one. Only pitching in 95 career games since debuting in 2012, Harvey had also a Tommy John surgery in 2013 and right shoulder thoracic surgery in 2016. The injury in 2013 caused him to miss all of 2014, while the injury in 2016 limited him to 17 starts that season.
Due to be a free agent after the 2018 season, the Mets have seen his value drop drastically this season. They may be looking to move on from The Dark Knight, before possibly losing him for nothing. If the Mets can stay reasonably close in the pennant race, until Syndergaard and company can return, look for them to be active near the trade deadline.
Another player that can help change the aspect of the Mets is top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario. Signed at the age of 17 as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Rosario has been burning through the minor leagues. This season he is hitting .336, hitting a career high seven homeruns, and 47 RBIs. With the Mets infield also hurt by injuries, many fans have been calling for him to be called up. He has been passed on more than a few times now and the questions remain, when?
When Rosario is called up he can immediately help with the defensive side of the game. Pitching and defense has been the main source of disappointment this season. The Mets are known for having one or two hot months near the end of the season the past few years. Look for them to get healthy, make a trade or two, and make a late run for a playoff spot.
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