Meet the Mets
The good news: no one left Saturday’s game with an injury. The other good news: Wilmer Flores remains excellent against left-handed pitching. The bad news: everything else. Robert Gsellman got knocked around early, and the Nationals were up 5-0 within two innings. The Mets eventually fell to Washington 9-4, with a doubleheader still to play on Sunday.
The latest brutal start from Gsellman has him headed back to the minors.
Jeurys Familia made his Mets return, but struggled as well.
A few other of the team’s pitchers may be getting ready for a return of their own.
David Wright is also taking slow steps to get back in action for the Mets.
The latest injury for the club (Yoenis Cespedes in case you don’t remember, it’s hard to keep track) has some other players hoping to take advantage of a long-sought opportunity.
If they prove themselves, however, the Mets may be forced to add another outfielder next season.
Around the NL East
It’s easy for Mets fans to complain about injuries, but they should know it’s been about just about as bad for the Nationals without nearly the same effect on their record.
Around the Majors
There’s a lot more to Players Weekend than the funky jerseys with nicknames on the back.
This Date in Mets History
On this date 43 years ago, rookie Benny Ayala marked a first in team history. The rookie hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. Only three Mets have done it since.