Never, have I ever, seen a team get derailed by injuries like the Mets have this season. It's impossible not to feel bad for this franchise because they aren't even given a fair chance. If they were healthy and were falling apart that's one thing, but when half their projected lineup is out with injury, obviously the team is going to struggle quite a bit. Well, right on time Jeurys Familia, who joined the team like two weeks ago after serving a 15 game suspension, will probably miss the rest of the season due to a blood clot in his shoulder. Crazy stuff.
That now makes an already ridiculously long list of injured Mets players a little bit longer. Now the Mets are missing or have missed all these players at some point: Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, and David Wright. I honestly probably missed someone too. It's Mid-May and they've had 10+ key pieces miss time with injury. That's absurd, any team facing that many injuries isn't going to be really competitive, yet despite all the injuries the Mets have managed to hang on. The Mets are only 2 games under .500, with that being said with competition in the NL this year is crazy, they'll have to be a lot better if they wanna play in October.
With Familia done for the year, Addison Reed will take the role as closer. Reed is a very good pitcher and is more than capable of getting the 3 outs. As we've seen so many times, though, the closer role is basically all mental and some guys just aren't cut out for it. Reed has had some experience in the role due to the Familia's suspension to start the year, but now it'll be for an extended period of time. For the next month the Mets are really going to have to grind out baseball games, trying to stay in the hunt until the reinforcements come. Matz and Lugo should be back in early June, that'll be a huge boost to a starting rotation that is quite depleted right now. Cespedes should be back in late May or early June, so hopefully the Mets lineup can continue to manufacture runs until their big bat comes bat. Those three guys will be a big help, will it be enough, I guess we will have to wait and see. Honestly sucks not being able to see what this Mets team is really capable of with all the injuries that crush their squad every single season. They've fought through adversity well so far, let's see if Terry Collins can keep up his ability to control this dumpster fire, and get the Mets to their third straight postseason. Something that's never been done before by this franchise.