This quote from Jerry Manuel on Fernando Tatis is surprising: “”When we lose Tatis, we definitely have to reassess where we are offensively.”
He came out of nowhere and had a good season, but the truth is he is a role player. He was part of a platoon. You reassess with a full time starter.
The Mets will miss Tatis, and the cynic in me says they’ll do so because the Big Three has stopped hitting. Losing Tatis should mean more Daniel Murphy, and hopefully that will include against lefty pitchers.
There was a spark to the offense with Murphy batting second that has gone. The Mets need that back.
As far as Tatis is concerned, he gave the Mets more than they could have hoped for when they signed him and he deserves to be brought back.
Tatis separated his shoulder trying to make a diving catch on pitcher Odalis Perez’s double. He is gone for the remainder of the season and that includes the playoffs.
“He’s done,” Manuel said. “That’s very discouraging, to lose a big piece of where we are and what we’ve accomplished so far.”
Tatis hit .297 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI filling in for Moises Alou and Ryan Church.
Alou, by the way, hasn’t said anything about retirement.