Jeurys Familia’s flashes of his former self, and Neil Walker’s go ahead three run blast restored some dignity for the much-maligned NY Mets.
A couple of innings shy of being swept by the surging Colorado Rockies, the DL laden crew from Queens eked out a rare come from behind 6-4 victory, picking up a game on the NL East leading Washington Nationals.
But this crucial win came at a great cost, taking another key player out of their already compromised line-up. Starting switch-hitting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had to be helped off the field, done in by a patellar tendon strain in his left knee as he rounded third base after scoring a run in the first inning.
These casualties of baseball wars have taken quite a toll on an infield that’s still reeling from the loss of David Wright, Lucas Duda and most recently, the resurrected Jose Reyes.
Yoenis Cespedes, last season’s trade deadline hero, who got Mets fans to believe again, sat out on Sunday with lingering soreness in his right quadriceps. With this rash of injuries plaguing this band of un-merry men, it makes me wonder what horrible acts did they perform in a past life?
Poised, at least on paper, to make the playoffs, it’s premature to push the panic button, but GM Sandy Alderson needs to pull the trigger on a big trade that will bring a bat better than the likes of Justin Ruggiano. And as good as Jay Bruce’s numbers are, do the Mets really need more traffic in their bumper-to-bumper outfield? Hopefully, Alderson won’t have to make a deal with the devil to land the best catch on the market – Jonathan Lucroy.