During the series finale against the Atlanta Braves, the Mets injury total went up by one, and it’s the one guy no one wanted to see go down.
Yoenis Cespedes, who had been sidelined during the series against the Washington Nationals with a tender left hamstring, re-injured it, but this time more severely as he legged out a double in Thursday’s game.
As he pulled into second base, Cespedes reached back toward his hamstring and the collective hearts of Mets fans everywhere dropped. Yo would eventually need help to get off the field and down into the dugout which showed just how much pain he was in.
The Mets would later relay that Cespedes has a left hamstring pull, and although it’s still early, it’s safe to assume he’ll be out for at least a couple of weeks, if not more.
Cespedes’ injury is the second big blow the Mets received on Thursday alone.
Earlier in the day, Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start due to a “tired arm” that some are basically defining as bicep tendonitis.
Syndergaard’s arm would undergo an MRI and until those results are known, we’re pretty much in limbo as to when he’ll be ready to come back.
Both of these heavy injuries could not have come at a worse time. The Mets lost their sixth game in a row, and are now 8-13 in the season. The offense has struggled terribly, but even when they do manage to score a few runs (like they did on Thursday), the pitching just ultimately let’s them down.
It’s going to be getting easier this coming weekend either. The Amazin’s head down to Washington D.C. to open up a three-game set against the team that just swept them in Queens: the Nationals. The potential to be 8-16 by the time Monday comes around is very real, and while you can’t win a division in April, the Mets are looking at the ways you can lose it.