The Mets are 57-57. This is the first time they are .500 since April 20, and they’re set to begin a three game series at home with the Padres, who are 49-65. The injury-stricken Mets have yet to win two games in a row since they did it on July 6 and 7, and they are in desperate need of a three game sweep over the Padres right now to keep their playoff hopes intact. Surprisingly, the Mets are still only 3.0 games out of the Wildcard which is certainly not a huge issue yet. The bigger issue for the Mets is the injuries.
Adsrubal Cabrera: 15 day DL. Date expected back: TBD
Yoenis Cespedes: 15 day DL. Date expected back: “Possibly” August 19. Doesn’t seem too promising…
Lucas Duda: Out for season
Matt Harvey: Out for Season
Juan Lagares: 15-day DL Date expected back: TBD
Jose Reyes: 15-day DL. Date expected back: Possibly August 13, but has been pushed back a few times already
David Wright: Likely out for season
Justin Ruggiano: 15-day DL. Date expected back: TBD
As you can see, the Mets are really struggling with keeping their stars healthy and it is taking a toll on the entire roster – the team is now mostly made up of Minor Leaguers. Yes the Mets do have some decent options but Terry likes to give everybody a chance and crush Mets fans throughout the process.
The biggest key for me in this series is that the Mets need to sweep the Padres but at least two wins would be huge heading back into a series Monday with the Diamondbacks. With a full roster, I say they can easily lock up the wild card spot. Everyone’s gotta get healthy, the bats gotta get going, the pitchers need to stay on their game, and you’ve definitely got a playoff contender on your hands with the 2016 Mets.
Written By: Zach Miller