Conforto And Cespedes Season Ends Are Fitting

First of all, please forgive my absence from talking about the Mets this week. As you might know I had an accident a few years ago and had several subsequent back surgeries. I had some complications this week.

Personally, when you can’t get out of bed nothing else seems to matter. Honestly, with Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, and my body feels right in with the 2017 Mets.

CESPEDES: This is fitting.  (AP)

CESPEDES: This is fitting. (AP)

Actually, the first two games in Washington perfectly describe what’s going with this team and what it will take to return the Mets to contending status.

It begins with pitching and that’s Jacob deGrom, the ace of this future formidable staff. Next up is Noah Syndergaard, who, like Cespedes, took his conditioning in his own hands and failed miserably.

Both said they need to revisit their offseason workout routines, and that’s probably the most important development of this season.

Strength is good, but flexibility is more important. For Syndergaard, bulking up does nothing for his fastball or his ability to last longer in his starts. Frankly, tearing his lat muscle might be his career-defining moment, a watershed event if you will.

If he takes being limber to heart, then he has a chance to become what is expected.

For Cespedes, if his flexibility is increased then so is his ability to stay on the field. Being flexible and limber won’t sacrifice any of his strength.

I didn’t like the Cespedes signing and still don’t. But, he’s here and will be for three more years. The most important number isn’t the Mets’ $110-million investment in him, but the 81 games he played this year. That’s half a season, and the Mets knew his injury history before GM Sandy Alderson signed him. So, this is on him, just like it was on him by letting Syndergaard pitch without taking that MRI.

So, the Mets are stuck with Syndergaard and Cespedes, so let them come together on productive conditioning routines and then possibly things will develop for the best.

As far as Conforto is concerned, it’s better this happened in a lost season, one with a month remaining. He’ll have surgery, and I know as well as anybody nothing is guaranteed once they start cutting into your body.

All you can do is trust your doctors and hope for the best.

That’s kind of a hopeless situation, but that fits in with following the Mets.

Again, sorry for the absence and I’ll speak with you tomorrow.

 

6 thoughts on “Conforto And Cespedes Season Ends Are Fitting

  1. John, I give you a ton of credit – anyone who has ever had a back injury or surgery knows how painful and deliberating it can be. That a why it’s hard to tolerate guys like Cespedes and his loafing and selfish style of play. He’s fooling no one. While the fans and players have to suffer through the last 5 weeks of this painful season, Cespedes decided to use his nagging hamstring injury to bail out on his teammates and leave this train wreck behind.

  2. All it took was a million injurys and a flurry of salary dumps to finally get Flores a chance to play. These guys really can judge talent! Now he’ll go on a tear,hit 25 homers and they’ll trade him for a set up guy.

  3. This off season the Mets need to make changes in their conditioning programs

    We have players getting hurt swinging a bat.

    We have players getting hurt running to first

    Almost all our pitching staff is on the dL.

    • The Conforto injury has to be one of the most freakish injuries I’ve ever seen in the game of baseball that involved a routine act – swing, catch, throw, etc. Some may recall Dave Dravecky many years back with the Giants. Anyway, that is the luck we Mets fans are forced to endure and what makes it even more frustrating is that there is no one to put the blame on!