An Emptier Injured List
The IL isn’t as packed for the Mets as it is for some other teams in baseball—namely the New York Yankees. They do have several key pieces currently sidelined. During this prosperous period, the Mets need to ease those who are getting healthy back onto the roster and avoid injuries to everyone else.
Health is often a theme for the Mets. It often feels like a lack of it is the prime excuse why they aren’t winning. Well, let’s eliminate the excuse. All teams suffer injuries. For the most part, the Mets have avoided them.
There’s no secret ingredient to avoiding the injury bug. If I knew what it was, you can bet I wouldn’t give it away for free. I’d be working as the Mets’ trainer and not sitting on my couch wearing the same shirt I wore yesterday fantasizing about what’s for dinner.
If there is one silver lining to take away from these injuries, it’s an opportunity to see what else they have in the arsenal. Steven Matz’s IL stint gave us the return of Dominic Smith. We’ve also gotten a taste of some of the bullpen options; both familiar and unfamiliar names. Even though none of these arms have looked especially terrific, they’ve kept the Mets in the game. On the fly, they’re figuring out who deserves to stay when their fallen teammates are ready to return.
Particularly against the Marlins and Tigers, the Mets need to build up their confidence. The Nationals aren’t having a good year, but they have star players and pitchers who can embarrass the offense. It’s in those games against the Marlins and Tigers that I most want to see the Mets take advantage of the opponent and get a little ego boost.
Arrogance won’t do them any good. However, a little more faith in each other even after a win against an opponent they should destroy can do a lot as they finish off the month.