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Mets: Foot, hand, and mouth disease trifecta takes down Noah Syndergaard

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets runs onto the filed before a game against of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on July 11, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets runs onto the filed before a game against of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on July 11, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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The New York Mets experienced an incredibly odd week off the field. The latest is the hand, foot, and mouth disease which has landed Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list.

The New York Mets have had a weird week. Over the last seven days, they have played only two games. Still, controversy cannot stay away from this franchise.

One of the latest strange occurrences in Mets Land is the diagnosis for star pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The immortal Thor is back on the disabled list, again. This time it’s with foot, hand, and mouth disease.

When you’re going to get sick I suppose it’s best to get as many ailments as you can, right? It’s like in that episode of The Simpsons when Mr. Burns is diagnosed with “Three Stooges Syndrome” except this is very much real and Syndergaard looks less God-like because of it.

The viral infection was likely contracted while working at a kid’s camp during the All-Star Break. The big guy should be fine, but it’s still a disappointment for the Mets to lose their second best pitcher for any length of time.

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The trinity killer known as foot, hand, and mouth disease capped off an odd week for this team. Prior to the All-Star Game, we learned that Jacob deGrom‘s agent means business. He came out publicly to demand the Mets either sign his client to an extension or trade him.

In what should have been a calm week for this franchise, things got off to a rocky start.

There was excitement on Friday with Yoenis Cespedes‘ return. He hit a home run and helped defeat the New York Yankees. Again, the fun didn’t last long. Hours later, we learned Cespedes has a heel injury which may require season-ending surgery. Worse, the recovery period is 8-10 months which could eat into the 2018 campaign as well.

To top it all off, the Jeurys Familia trade didn’t make too many fans confident in this front office. I’m one of those folks who think they should have gotten more. Because they were unwilling to eat any of his salary, the return for Familia was a less than desirable one.

Yep, it has been a rough few days for Mets loyalists. Whether their pitchers are contracting diseases usually associated with children, their superstars are admitting to an injury they’ve been plagued by for a decade, or the Wilpons are reminding us of their frugality, it’s a tough time to follow this team.

Next: 20 biggest disappointments of the 2018 season

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On the plus side, it will all come to an end in a little over two months.

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