It’s a big weekend for the Mets in Atlanta.
Will this be the added boost needed for the team? Well, yes. It should be at least.
Here we have two starters who have not pitched all season due to their respective injuries. They should be feeling hungry, and excited to return. To get out on that mound, strike their opponents out, and lead their team to a win. Lugo and Matz have not been able contribute all season, and it’s finally their turns to do so.
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Matz will start the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday evening, and Lugo will start the Sunday game. If both pitch well, this is huge — and the Mets will most definitely start to utilize a six-man rotation.
It’s no secret that the Mets rotation is not what everyone expected it to be, and hopefully having these two regulars back will start to get everything back on track.
And now… Cespedes returns.
Yo is finally back. Surprisingly, the Mets bats have not been entirely dead this season, with Michael Conforto, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Wilmer Flores all stepping up. But, Cespedes’s bat being back in the lineup should be a much needed added boost. He was the spark for the team when he came to the Mets back in 2015, and hopefully his return from the DL will follow similar suite.
If Cespedes comes back as powerful as he can be, he will energize his teammates. It’s as easy as that.
But, it’s important to note that it has been a while since all three have played, and the Mets will be taking it easy on them. This makes sense though, as no one wants to risk losing any of them again for an extended amount of time. Plus, they may be rusty. It may take a bit to get back into the swing of things.
Regardless of everything though, it’s exciting to have Lugo, Matz, and Cespedes back. Their presence should positively affect their teammates, and hopefully, revitalize everyone.