The Mets lost for the third straight day in Tampa as the Rays swept the Mets away with a 7-1 win. In addition, both Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto left the game with hamstring issues as the team’s injured list continues to grow.
“Right now hamstring issues are no joke”. commented Luis Rojas. “so we want to see how they go through the day but you are definitely concerned. We will run some tests and want to get those results so we can start a timeline on what kind of approach that we take starting on Monday.”
The Mets will be in Atlanta facing the Braves for the first time this season on Monday and it is amazing that half of the starting regular players–Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto-will all be out of the lineup. And they will likely need to make roster moves if McNeil and Conforto head to the injured list. Rojas said, “There are going to be more conversations. We are moving to the National League games again and there are going to be some moving parts and we are going to need depth.”
McNeil said he felt Ok going into the game but does not think it will keep him out for a long period of time. “He said, “It is just something we have to take a look at but I don’t think it is anything major. It is just some tightness as I did not feel a pull.”
As for this game it was a rare Marcus Stroman poor outing as he served up 3 homers allowing five runs in six innings. All in all, this was a disaster of a weekend as the Mets got swept and lost more players to injuries. That injured list now includes JD Davis, Brandon Nimmo, Albert Almora Jr, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and of course Jacob deGrom. And as they head to Atlanta they will face a Braves team that has had their share of injuries as well. But they still sit in first place leading the Phils by half a game and the Braves by 2 games but more importantly lead the Phils in the loss column by 4 games and lead the Braves in that important loss column by 5 games.
That Met bench squad with players like Kevin Pillar, Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza need to continue bringing their best to the game as they have been doing so far this season. And the pitching staff needs to give quality starts to Luis Rojas and get better innings from their bullpen. But as I said previously, the Braves and Phils have been beset with injuries as well. And this Met team did build depth on their 40 man roster which will once again be put to the test in the coming weeks. These next 3 games in Atlanta will be the beginning of that test.