1. Cespedes Looms Large
In what was the biggest series of the year, Yoenis Cespedes was back to his old tricks. In the three games he started, he was 5-12 with four runs, a double, homer, and an RBI.
Unfortunately, none of the Mets position players were able to really follow his lead. That was no more evident when he made a terrific throw to nail Bryce Harper at third, which could have potentially prevented a run from scoring. Instead, Wilmer Flores muffed the play leading to Cespedes being charged with a tough error.
2. deGrominant With The Near Koosman
Former Mets starter Jerry Koosman used to say a starting pitchers job was to shut ’em out and hit one out. On Sunday, deGrom was ever so close.
Over eight brilliant innings, deGrom allowed just three hits, one unearned run, and two walks while striking out six. It was the first time in deGrom’s career he went at least eight innings in consecutive starts.
In addition to deGrom dominating the Nationals, he hit his first career homer. All in all, this is pretty much as good a day as it gets for a starting pitcher.
3. Wright Soon To Work Out
According to reports, David Wright may be able to resume baseball activities on July 1st.
Now, we don’t know if Wright can come back in time to contribute this season. For that matter, we don’t know if he will be able to play at a high level ever again. Still, there is hope.
This is important because Wright is arguably the greatest position player in franchise history. Over the past few years, he’s had so much taken from him. At the very least, he should get the chance have it be his decision to retire instead of it being a doctor’s decision.
1. This Team Might Just Not Be Good Enough
We can quibble over Terry Collins‘ deciding making, namely, not pinch hitting for Rene Rivera. We can talk about the team defense. We can even discuss Juan Lagares being the latest Met to fall victim to injury. There are times and places for these discussions.
However, all of these discussions stray from the possible truth that this Mets team just isn’t good enough. They weren’t good enough last year, and the same roster has not been good enough this year. Ultimately, this could be why the Mets are 10.5 games back.
2. What Is There To Sell?
After this tough series, the Mets are heading to face-off against the red-hot Dodgers. Sooner or later, the Mets will have to face the reality it’s time to sell. Problem is, it’s a pretty unimpressive selection.
Neil Walker is on the DL, and no one knows when he will return. Asdrubal Cabrera has struggled on both sides of the ball, and he’s hurt again. Jose Reyes has been the worst infielder in the Major Leagues. Curtis Granderson is 36 and only hitting .212/.302/.396. Lucas Duda is mired in another one of his deep slumps.
To be fair, if these players, and basically everyone on the roster, was playing well enough to generate a huge return on the trade market, the Mets wouldn’t be in a position to sell.
3. Catching Situation Is A Mess
Travis d’Arnaud suffered yet another injury this year, and he has shown no real progression in any aspect of his game. He’s hitting .220/.281/.447 and he’s not throwing anybody out. The latest indignity was Trea Turner stealing four bases on Sunday.
More Rene Rivera isn’t the solution, as over his last 10 games, he’s hitting just .162/.205/.297. There’s no point to giving Kevin Plawecki another look.
With that, the Mets catching situation isn’t getting any better this year. On the bright side, Tomas Nido is having a nice year in Double-A, slashing .267/.314/.432 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 46 games.
After a massively disappointing series, the Mets are departing for a ten-game road trip. If you think things aren’t bad enough, the Mets will be greeted by Clayton Kershaw today.