It’s been a topsy turvy start to the season for the New York Mets. On the positive side, the Mets have come guns blazing to begin the season.
They are 10-3, currently on a eight game winning streak, and as of now have the best record in the National League.
The Mets though have had their fair share of negatives and most have stemmed from the absurd amount of injuries that have afflicted them since the start of spring training.
First it was starting pitcher Zack Wheeler going down in spring training with tommy john surgery. Then New York’s captain David Wright going on the disabled list earlier this week with a strain hamstring after sliding into second base. Now after their game on Sunday, the Mets can add to more players to that injury list, which included left handed relief pitcher Jerry Blevins.
So far this season, Blevins has been a huge key for the Mets in their bullpen. Batters are hitting a combined 0-15 against Blevins this season, helping him fit nicely into the Mets lefty specialist role coming out of the bullpen.
Because of his perfect start to the season, Blevins injury is a huge hit to the Mets. Even though they still have two left handed relief pitchers in Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin that could be Blevins replacement for the time being, neither of them are left-handed specialists.
Also besides closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets really don’t have another pitcher in their bullpen they can trust. Buddy Carlyle proved that in Sunday’s game, giving up two runs that allowed the Marlins to get within one run of tying the game. Even Alex Torres threw a wild pitch in the seventh inning that allowed a run to score making it a three run game at the time.
The Mets maybe off to their best season in franchise history, but the loss of Blevins could be very costly for them the rest of the season. If there middle relievers can’t get the job done and not give Familia a chance to close out the game, it will put more pressure on the Mets starters to pitch deep into games every time out.
If the Mets think they can find a replacement for Blevins in their bullpen, they’re going to have a hard time finding one.
Now the Mets can get around this issue if former closer Bobby Parnell comes back healthy and pitches well, but Blevins injury still puts them into a huge predicament. They don’t have a lefty specialist in their bullpen that can get big outs against power left handed hitters in the late stages of the game. That’s huge problem to have when you have to face power left handed hitters like Ryan Howard and Bryce Harper in your division.
Overall the Mets are in good shape record wise for now, but as these injuries keep mountaining up, who knows if the Mets can keep winning like this the rest of the way. Remember it’s only the middle of April. The Mets still have 149 games left to play in the season. Like most baseball players say, the season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Other Mets Injury News:
The second Mets player that went down with an injury during Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins was catcher Travis D’Arnaud. D’Arnaud left the game in the seventh inning, after being hit on the wrist during his at bat against Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos. He was later diagnosed with a fractured right wrist.