When this team finally kills me, I want Ray Ramirez and the rest of the Mets training staff to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time. It blows my mind how the Mets have stupid and avoidable injuries year after year, while the training staff remains the same. I’ve said it before, but Googling “Ray Ramirez Mets” is like watching the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones; *Spoiler Alert: everybody you love dies.
Now you can chalk up some of these injuries to dumb luck, like Duaner Sanchez suffering a season-ending injury in a taxi in 2006. However, any fan base that is on a first name basis with their team’s head trainer probbbbbably has seen him crush their hopes and dreams one too many times. I don’t even know what any other trainers in the MLB look like, but I check under my bed and in my closet for Ray Ramirez before I go to bed every night.
Ray Ramirez and the rest of the Mets staff aren’t unlucky, they are INCOMPETENT. Here is a video of Yoenis Cespedes in batting practice after missing a handful of games with a sore quad.
Everybody is looking at where Yo hit it instead of focusing on their star hitter hunched over in pain. Naturally, Cespedes played that day and ended up straining his hamstring legging out a double. It took the air out of the team. It reminded me of when Jose Reyes popped his hamstring between 2nd and 3rd. Throughout all the adversity that the Mets faced the past year and a half, Cespedes was an anchor in the lineup that never missed a prolonged amount of time. Although the Mets training staff are downplaying the injury and are saying he should be back in action relatively soon, we should all know that that means absolutely nothing.
Next up, Noah Syndergaard. On the same day that Cespedes went down, Syndergaard was scratched from his Thursday start against the Braves with bicep discomfort. Turns out he couldn’t even lift his arm above his shoulder. That caused Terry Collins to call up Matt Harvey at 10 AM to tell him that he was going to be thrown into the fire in just a couple hours. Harvey came in and couldn’t find his groove, citing that he had a tough workout the day before and wasn’t prepared to take the mound on such short notice. That, of course, is on Terry Collins and not the training staff. Terry has to at least let Harvey know that he might be needed.
After Noah’s scratch, he straight up refused to get an MRI on his arm. That was a red flag to me. To me, that meant that Noah knew something was wrong but thought that he could pitch through it, like his bone spur last year.
The Mets started Noah on Sunday in an attempt to sweep the Nationals and you could tell that something was up in the 1st inning. He was throwing hard, but his pitches had no bite, the Nats were smacking him around, and he even walked his first batter all season. After 1 1/3 innings, Noah immediately started walking towards the dugout, and sure enough, he was diagnosed with a partial tear in his right lat. I’m no doctor, but that injury is one hundred thousand million percent because of his bicep issue. Especially with pitching, once one part of the body breaks down, the rest of body follows. Pitching is so mechanical that a slight alteration in your motion throws everything else off and your body is suddenly using different parts for different things. Instead of simply getting an MRI and potentially missing only a handful of starts, Noah is now facing 6-8 weeks dealing with a greater issue. Steven Matz had this injury last year and missed 8 weeks. Clayton Kershaw had this injury a couple of years ago and only missed 6. Either way, this is a big blow for a team that had huge playoff aspirations. Join the list, Noah.
Jose Reyes is heating up. Over his past 5 games, Reyes is 8-19 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 2 SBs, raising his average from .104 to .174. The Mets NEEEED him to continue hitting and getting on base so that he can bat at the top of the lineup again to set the table for Jay Bruce and company. One concern with Reyes is that he tends to get homer happy after he hits a couple, and starts hitting fly balls instead of hard grounders and line drives.
Despite all the adversity that the Mets are facing, they took 2-3 games in Washington this weekend. They still trail the Nats by 6.5 games, but they avoided falling behind 8.5 before May. They need to stay close if they want to make any kind of run once/if everybody gets healthy.
Travis d’Arnaud leads all catchers in the MLB with 16 RBIs. And he’s doing that while batting 7th and 8th behind Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker, who are both batting under .200. It would be even greater if Travis d’Arnaud found himself batting 5th or 6th in this lineup.
Michael Everyday Conforto is keeping me sane. He’s been phenomenal batting leadoff, and he hit 2 more HRs against Washington on Saturday, bringing his total to 4 in 6 games against them.
For the 4th week in a row, a Mets opponent has won NL Player of the Week.
Jose Reyes is tied for the league lead in errors. He booted a grounder at SS on Sunday, too. The left side of the infield usually commits to most errors due to the abundance of chances and how hard balls are hit there, but that’s a stat that you don’t want your player to be leading. For a team with offensive troubles, fielding is an even bigger priority than usual, so Reyes’ struggles there are not helpful. Amed Rosario is patiently waiting down in AAA.
Braves Pitcher Julio Teheran OWNS the Mets. He got the W on the 26th against the Mets and is slated to pitch again on Monday night.
Also on Monday night, Braves CF Ender Inciarte will be receiving his Gold Glove Award. Fitting that he’s receiving it against the Mets, only a couple months removed from this:
The Mets lost 23-5 on Sunday and C Kevin Plawecki pitched the last 2 innings for the Mets. He pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning which I’m not sure is something to be excited about or be sad about. He did give up 3 HRs in the 8th, however.
Neil Walker is batting .195 with 2 HRs and Curtis Granderson is batting .128 and is 3 for his last 45. What’s worse is that the Mets continue to bat them both 4th and 5th every day. I get that Terry Collins’ hands are somewhat tied due to injuries, but there are much more feasible options. Curtis doesn’t look like an everyday outfielder anymore. Get Conforto and Lagares out there everyday and keep Bruce in RF. Get some young bats up to the MLB level like Matt Reynolds and TJ Rivera (Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith as well) and see if they’re made any improvements since last year. This team desperately needs a spark and the veteran bats in the lineup are not providing anything. The Mets are sacrificing 6-8 at bats a game by trotting those two guys out every day. Bat them at the bottom of the order, bench them, trade them, put them on the DL and let them get some rehab at bats to get their confidence back up. I don’t know what the Mets have to do but batting them in the middle of their order is the last thing.
The Mets have one more week of division games (4 @ Atlanta, 3 vs. Miami) before they finally play a team outside of the NL East. The Mets need to play .500 ball at the very least if they want to contend at all when everybody is back and healthy again. It’s only May 1st but the Mets are very very very dangerously close to being out of contention. They currently have the 5th worst record in all of baseball.
P.S. This kid is a must follow for all you suicidal Mets fans out there. Poor kid doesn’t know what he got himself into. Don’t want more mets_maniac rants, NEED more mets_maniac rants.