The Mets Look Promising, But Injuries Still Loom

The Mets Look Promising, But Injuries Still Loom

Shades of 2017 already haunt 2018.
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The New Mets hit the ground running in 2018, as spring training has already proven to show signs of progress for the Amazin’s. However, shades of the disaster that was in 2017 still linger in the background.

Injuries to key players such as OF Jay Bruce, OF Juan Lagares, and 1B Dominic Smith have already sprung up during the young season, and although the injuries may seem minor, the organization is still keeping an eye on them. While Smith says his injury is of “no real concern”, and the two outfielders are still listed as day-to-day, it would be in the best interest of the Mets to take all the necessary precautionary measures when handling injuries in 2018.

Last season, the Mets finished the season with a total of 22 injuries across their entire major league roster, with nearly the entirety of the 25-man roster spending at least 10 days on the Disabled List. Between the entire major league team, Mets players spent a combined 430 days on the DL, while 0 of the Mets 9 Opening Day starters played the full season without an injury. With injuries spanning anywhere from bone bruises to collapsed lungs, the Mets were the emergency room of the MLB in 2017, and this year, the team hopes to right all of their medical wrongs.

“Injuries are going to happen, no matter what you do. As long as we’re doing the right things and trying to prevent them, then it’s not going to bother you as much”, said Manager Mickey Callaway. For the 2018 Mets, the number one priority should be keeping their necessary pieces healthy, and able to put the team in a position to succeed. The name of the game is not preventing injuries, but limiting them.

Last November, once the season was officially over, one of the first orders of business for the Mets' front office was to totally revamp their training staff. Head trainer Ray Ramirez was fired after an abysmal display of upkeep in 2017, and with him, plenty of other members within the Mets medical department were let go following the 2017 season.

This season, the focus for the Mets training staff should be keeping the star players healthy. Crucial injuries to SP Noah Syndergaard, OF Yoenis Cespedes, and RP Jeurys Familia crippled the Mets' chances of making any sort of run during the regular season. Minor league caliber players were starting for the Mets by May, and by June, the team was completely out of playoff contention.

If the Mets are able to avoid these types of scenarios throughout the course of the regular season, then all of the pieces should fall into place for the organization to make an impact in the postseason.

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Listen Up Sports Fans, It's Time To Give The Mets The Attention They Rightfully Deserve

The New York Mets struggled mightily last season, and with new front office management, here's how the Mets are shaping up for next season.

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The New York Mets were at the bottom of the pack in the MLB last season. They look like they are starting to shake things up a lot, but we won't know if that helps until the season starts. Here's how things are shaping up to look.

1. The Mets hired a new General Manager who is very active

The New York Mets recently hired a new General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen. After his hire, many Mets fan were skeptical of him since he was an agent who represented MLB players and had no general management experience. However, right off the bat (pun intended), Van Wagenen is shaking up the Mets roster with an early offseason trade, and likely several more to come.

2. But hopefully not too active

There is a perfect balance to a general manager's activity level. Too few trades and signings mean the team is likely to do just as poorly as last season, and the fans won't be too happy about that, especially because the fans are from New York. Yikes. On the other hand, too many trades mean that you're inevitably going to trade away a player that you shouldn't have and you'll get next to nothing in return, again leaving New York sports fans angered, and that's something you just never want to do. As per trade rumors regarding the New York Mets, it seems as if the new GM is coming close to pulling off a bad trade surrounding Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, or Amed Rosario.

3. Robinson Cano is a crucial piece to the puzzle for the Mets

The Mets recently acquired all-star second baseman Robinson Cano and arguably the best closing pitcher in baseball last season, Edwin Diaz. While Diaz is a key addition to the roster, Robinson Cano is really the centerpiece. Cano spent many seasons playing for the New York Yankees, so he has experience playing in New York — good experience, too. He was an all-star four out of his eight seasons with the New York Yankees, so he definitely has shown his skill set off in New York.

4. But things could turn sour with Robinson Cano

Last season, Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games for using performance-enhancing drugs. If he did that while playing in Seattle, it would be easy to imagine how quickly things could take a turn for the worse if he is playing in New York.

5. There are still many good free agents to sign

While some free agents like Patrick Corbin have recently been taken off the market, there still remains a large number of quality players who have yet to sign with a team. Perhaps the biggest free agent name in any sport is Bryce Harper. The Mets should make a serious push to sign Bryce Harper which would definitely smooth things over with New York fans if the new GM decides to follow through with that aforementioned bad trade.

6. But time and money are running out

The Mets have little time left to meet with these big free agents since many other teams have already had meetings with Harper and other players like Manny Machado. Additionally, it doesn't help that the Mets only have limited money left to sign players when they still need to focus on resigning some of their own.

The New York Mets have made some very positive changes this offseason, but there are plenty of opportunities for negative changes, too. We'll just have to wait and see how the rest of the offseason goes and pray for a good 2019 season for the New York Mets.

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