Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
Now what Dorothy?
Injuries. More stinking Met injuries.
Were there ways this could have for once been actually averted?
A: Maybe. But unsure to date because not really ever tried here.
What do I mean. A six-man rotation. Look, the team has great young starters, we all concur. However, they throw really hard and rely on those fastballs. You have to take "every precaution" and protect their arms. You need them to stay healthy all season where humanly possible. The six-man has been discussed by Mets fans since the time of Manager Manual. Why it has not been implemented is beyond most of us. It is not too late.
Does the team need to go out and get another quality starter?
A: It's entirely debatable. To me, no. The reason why is simply that the NY Mets still have four quality starters in its rotation with three quality starters already down. Intelligently, they began the season with seven. The move I still like is to simply stretch out Hansel Robles into a starter, beginning him on a five inning limitation until he is broekn back into the increased load. Possibly here setting a pitch limit in order to accomplish this transition into a starter again.
Vegas has a really good righty big man reliever, Kevin McGowan. Kevin would probably make the right call-up for Robles rotation spot I think.
Now the offense...
Jose Reyes is showing signs of waking up to all he can be again. He is not too old or too beat up from years of playing to accomplish this feat. After all, he is Jose Reyes. The 2011 Jose season is not that far behind him to recall. I am very impressed with Jay Bruce and very happy for him and the team that he is off to such a great start here in 2017. The Mets were more lucky than wise not to trade him away I feel. Count your blessings. And Rene Rivera is hitting this season too, not bad. I'll take it. And Michael Conforto has really found his MLB groove now. It is so outstanding to see happen. I am delighted for him, this team, and the Met fans. This is not a bad nucleus I have just mentioned. It's a start, but the Mets need more additions to this.
But the Mets need more.
Yoenis Cespedes injury to hamstring is a big loss to the offense. After all, Yoenis is this team's offensive leader and a team needs that person playing. He'll be 100% again soon, but you never rush a hamstring injury whether torn or pulled. That can be lingering otherwise. Let him tell you when he is ready to play again. He'll know.
Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario are still playing and batting well at Las Vegas. They are both worth watching. Gavin Cecchini is slowly starting to step back up to his natural offensive level of play. I am waiting and watching on him too. He would afford this team to make (perhaps) a few adjustments to their infield once he is back to his own level.
Neil Walker has not arrived yet. Maybe he has an injury nagging, maybe he isn't getting enough sleep (or something) but I know he will show back up here soon the guy we all know.
The quiet batter in Vegas I am always watching as well is the unheralded Travis Taijeron. He has learned how to hit consistently for average. He has unspoken of power that he could still further tap into and may. But he has fourth outfielder written all over him now, with room to grow I believe. Plus, he is still hungry.
The last Nats game hurt. But this team has resolve and if somehow they can gel together as one team again, this will not be over in 2017 until the fat lady sings, hopefully not too loud.
McGowan, maybe Taijeron soon. Smith and Rosario a little more time to ferment, unless management is 100% certain they are ready.
The injury list was sadly too predictable again in 2017. But there is still hope in Mudsville, for the "Mighty Casey" has not struck out.