After losing cornerstones Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard for extended periods, the Mets have now lost closer Jeurys Familia for the foreseeable future due to a blood clot in his right shoulder. Familia has had successful surgery and a timetable for his return is indefinite.
The Mets have had horrible luck on the injury front, with 5 of their projected everyday starters suffering significant injuries at some point during this season. Combine this with inconsistency from their healthy starting pitchers and bullpen arms, and it’s not unreasonable to wonder how a team can overcome such an unfortunate series of incidents.
The fact that the Mets remain in second place in the NL East is a credit to their depth. Outfielder Michael Conforto is on pace for a breakout season with an OPS of 1.116 through his first 33 games. The emergence of the youthful Conforto has many around the Mets wondering when the next crop of young players will join the team in Flushing. Top prospect Ahmed Rosario is currently hitting over .400 in AAA Las Vegas while the Mets appear to have a need in the middle infield. Regular SS Asdrubel Cabrera has had several nagging injuries, and 3B David Wright has yet to play in a game this season. Bringing up Rosario would allow Jose Reyes to be used as a super utility player, which was the initial plan for the season.
Zack Wheeler will take the mound for the Mets tonight in Arizona. Wheeler has been a surprise bright spot in an otherwise disappointing pitching staff. Many were skeptical if Wheeler, who is coming off a 2 year absence due to Tommy John surgery, would ever pitch again. While his ERA of 4.18 is mediocre, his stuff and durability have both been impressive. His emergence has been much needed, with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom not pitching up to expectations, and Noah Syndergaard going down with a Lat injury.