Though GM Sandy Alderson declined to provide further details on the Mets’ long list of injured players, today was rather a promising day for the club’s general health. New York entered play today in Wild Card position, but still faces a tough fight to reach and advance in the postseason, so every source of help will be most welcome. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo was among those to report on the progress:
- Southpaw Steven Matz is prepared for his first throws from a mound since he hit the DL with a shoulder problem. Matz will take the bump tomorrow in an effort to ramp back up, which represents progress since the last time we checked in on him. Already pitching through bone spurs in his elbow, the shoulder troubles seemingly represented a more significant concern, but all indications are that the joint is structurally sound.
- Righty Jacob deGrom, meanwhile, was able to throw on flat ground today for the first time since he was shut down with forearm soreness. He, too, is said to be battling inflammation but not a more significant underlying injury. It seems deGrom may be a bit behind Matz, but both could conceivably return to the Mets’ rotation within the next several weeks.
- Outfielder Juan Lagares is ready to swing a bat, which represents forward progress from his thumb surgery recovery. But the team is preparing to “push” Lagares forward before he’s ready to hit at the major league level, per skipper Terry Collins, with a view to utilizing him as a defensive replacement and pinch runner down the stretch.
- The Mets’ most surprising news, perhaps, is that first bagger Lucas Duda is preparing for a live BP session. He has missed much of the year with a stress fracture in his lower back and has seemed at various times to be unlikely to return in 2016. But that could be the prelude to a late-season return for the slugger, who could provide a big boost to the New York lineup if he’s able to return even for part-time duty. His recovery may also bear upon the team’s decision whether to tender him a contract this fall.
Mets look like the team that no one wants to play in October if their pitchers get healthy. I would rather play Nats (minus stras) or cardinals over them. Giants are another scary team right now. The Cubs offense needs to start picking it up. Their pitching has gone a little south of late and that’s how we can pick them up.
I’m not so sure that deGrom and Matz coming back and still being as good as they were last year. The offense looks like it can beat anyone though (but Teheran, per usual).
That happens when you face either struggling teams or trash teams.
It’s a 162 game season, dude, everybody plays their share of trash teams. Beating trash teams all year is how you make the playoffs.
Then, same goes for the Cubs? and the Dodgers? and the Nationals? and all other teams in the game. The Royals won errors in the playoffs and WS last year. They capitalized on the errors, just like these teams are doing against bad teams.
True, but the Mets have been mediocre at best this year against bad teams. It’s really frustrating considerings where they are now and the fact they got there missing 1/2 or more of their starting lineup for the vast majority of the season. Their record against AZ and COL alone is embarrassing.
Bring on the mets. Revenge! We are the best team in baseball. Best offense defense hitting starting pitching and closer . We won’t hide from anyone. Anybody anyplace anytime. Go Cubs
I’m of the opinion use Duda as pinch hitter & I would not tender him he’s to streaky. With Loney & Flores & now Campbell we’re doing pretty good as far as next year I look forward too seeing Smith at first if not; Loney is a very consistent hitter & excellent glove.
oook lets start at the top; 1. why would you only use your 2nd best pure power hitter as a pinch hitter? thats wasting him if he’s healthy. 2. he’s streaky, so what? nearly every hitter in baseball is, only the truly elite have perfectly synchronized stats month to month. 3. campbell is hot garbage and flores is a stone gloved platoon bat. 4. smith is 2 years away from being a mlb regular and his next season at AAA will determine if he ever truly will be a capable hitter for a mlb 1b, power still a big ?. 5. loney is consistent only in that he’s terrible 100% of the time, his ops is .681 which would suck if he were a SS let alone a 1b. Also he’s a mediocre fielder and not hugely better then Duda with the glove….there, that about covers it.
You missed something. His comment was about the Mets being good for next year with those guys but Loney isn’t even under contract for next year. And I don’t think Campbell is, either.
Your definitely watching a different team then I am! Duda is definitely not worth a long term contract. Yes, glove wise Flores & Campbell are questionable. But you’re not giving Loney credit for a very consistent bat. Smith is closer than you think!
You don’t watch the Mets obviously. Loney is a VERY consistent hitter and has a very good glove
Loney is consistent at hitting into outs, that’s about it. He’s one of the worst everyday players in baseball right now. He offers no extra base pop, doesn’t walk, has no range to his right, doesn’t stretch when fielders throw to him. He’s literally a negative.
Just objectively think where we would be without him at first base?
By WAR, James Loney has been the worst player on the Mets this season.
Flores is a legit super sub and borderline starter (in a pinch). Soup and Loney…purely fill-in guys that can’t be trusted to be an every day player. Loney’s #’s reflect it, though he did have a nice run when they first picked him up. Soup…well….he has had 9 lives, but I”m not sure if he has any left. I’ve never been a fan, though he did have a great play last night to make a double play; loney did too.
I forgot about Duda it’s been so long.
I’m not a huge Duda fan but if you can pay De Aza $6M or whatever he’s making you should be able to afford Duda at whatever he’ll earn next year.
If you platoon Duda and Flores, who plays 2B vs LHP? Not Kelly Johnson…
TJ Rivera (preferably) or Matt Reynolds