The Mets completed a 3-6 road trip dropping a 5-1 contest to the Florida Marlins in the rubber game of their 3 game series. This road trip started with a 3 game sweep and ended with 2 straight losses to the Marlins and in between there was a plethora of injury news that finally caught up to the Mets today.
During these 9 games, the Mets lost Pete Alonso, Tommy Hunter and Taijuan Walker to the injured list and that put 16 Mets on the injured list this season which is an incredible fact to comprehend. But to their credit they battled during this trip and got some big games from their young players to keep those from being a worse road trip. And they also return home in first place in the NL East leading the Phils and Braves by a game and a half in the standings but more importantly lead both of those teams by 5 games in the loss column.
They will come home and open up a 7 game homestand with 4 against the Rockies and three versus the Braves and they might finally start to get some injured players back as Jacob deGrom is penciled in to start on Tuesday night while JD Davis will try to continue his rehab hopeful he can return to the team by the end of the week. It will still leave this lineup minus many of their regular hitters and that will mean Met offense will be a wakened group that will need to use some speed to create some runs as they as missing so many of those long ball threats that are missing these games.
Both the rotation and the bullpen have kept the Mets in first place but Luis Rojas must be careful not to overwork the bullpen because we saw what they could do in the last 2 games in Miami as innings kept piling up for the late inning relief pitchers and you simply have to manage that in more of a long term fashion. They will play the next 14 games in 14 days not getting a day off till June 7th so Rojas has to be real careful here making sure Trevor May, Aaron Loup, Miquel Castro and Edwin Diaz stay fresh and ready to perform.
As many pieces of bad news the Mets have received in the first 40 games of this season, they are 21-19 and in first place in the NL East as we head into the last week of May. They have survived tons of injuries, coaching changes, a plethora of cancelled games due to both CoVid and weather, and a healthy debate between 2 of their star players. And they have done that because they play hard with the defense, despite having some crazy moments, being real good for the most part. They are getting closer to getting injured players back and I actually think all of these obstacles have made them stronger as a group.
This key homestand will be followed by 9 game road trip to Arizona, San Diego and Baltimore which will tell us a whole bunch about this team. But we have already seen they have an internal survival drive that has kept them in the NL East penthouse as other teams in the division have suffered similar injury news but have not responded like the Mets have responded.
In my opinion, it speaks volumes about this team that they have not hit at all this year and they are not buried in the NL East. In fact, they lead the pack and that is due to the survive and advance attitude that resides in the Met clubhouse. That is the simple truth.