The Mets have had a dismal start to their 2017 season without the services of Yoenis Cespedes, and the Amazin’s may have to deal without him for a few more games.
Cespedes is not expected to leave the disabled list and return to the roster in time for the Mets’ brief two-game set in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.
He would serve only as a designated hitter during the game tonight and tomorrow in the American League ballpark, but an appearance from Cespedes seems unlikely with injuries to his right quadriceps and the April 28 injury to his left hamstring.
The absence of Cespedes in this Mets lineup has been a crushing blow to a batting order that struggles to hit even with him healthy, but there’s no reason why the Mets can’t play well for the remainder of his stint on the DL.
New York has been able to score 269 runs this season, good for 11th-best in baseball, while totaling a league 13th-best 465 hits, an 11th-best RBI mark of 261 and home run total with 75.
It’s been pitching, and not hitting, that has plagued the Mets all year long and has been the major contributor to their struggles.
They’re in the top half of the league in virtually all offensive categories, so it will be up to the starters and a depleted bullpen to make sure that the Mets at least tread water for a while until Cespedes gets back.