Understandably tired, Mets aren’t using that as an excuse for their lost series
The Mets are beginning to feel the aches, pains and fatigue of this era’s 162-game schedule, which offers few days off as a remedy to any of those symptoms.
This is what the manager figures Saturday’s loss to be attributed to, as the club played a relatively flat extra-inning game in a loss Friday night as well, just hours after returning home from an energetic extra-inning win the night before in Philadelphia.
“Today we looked a little tired for me,” manager Terry Collins explained after the Mets dropped their second game in a row to the Red Sox on Saturday. “The back-to-back extra-inning games, the 3 o’clock in the morning getting back from Philly, all of the things that have gone in, we’ve been dragging a little bit. We’re just lucky we’ve got enough guys that we can get some of these guys a blow now and then.”
There’s definitely no debating fatigue is a factor in these last two games. Some people close to the Mets never even got home on Thursday night. Because of that late game, many missed their trains home, forcing them to either carpool back to New York in the middle of the night Thursday into Friday, or just wait it out into Friday morning altogether.
Some came right from Philadelphia to the game on Friday at Citi Field. On top of that, the Mets played late into Friday night and had a quick turnaround Saturday morning.
The Mets didn’t even ask their players to report to the stadium before 5:00 PM on Friday, although most players ignored that and got to the ballpark early anyway.
So it’s understandable, but only to a degree, as the Red Sox had the same quick turnaround as the Mets did, too.
Certainly Michael Cuddyer is not using fatigue as an excuse for two flat losses to the Red Sox.
“We got a job to do and that’s to win,” Cuddyer told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post after Saturday’s loss.
At any rate, it’s likely the manager will give Yoenis Cespedes the day off on Sunday, as he was cited specifically as someone who is very sluggish right now. It’s reasonable – he has played in 128 games this season, including every game during the month of August.
If there’s one thing to worry about with the Mets is the fact they’re in unchartered territory, specifically with their starting pitching. Noah Syndergaard has already thrown more innings than he ever has, and he maybe showing signs of that now. Neither Jacob deGrom or Matt Harvey have ever thrown a full season in the big leagues, either.
It’s partly why the Mets are being so judicious in their management of the pitching staff. Sure, it seems as though they’re concerned about their health. But it’s clearly a combination of health and maintaining their stamina both physically and mentally. For the most part, they’ve been successful in getting them all through to this point.
Collins is confident the club will rebound off of these two losses. He was hopeful on Saturday everyone would get home early, get a good night’s sleep, and be fresh for Sunday’s finale against the Red Sox.
“We’re going to be fine,” Collins said. “We’ve got a blip and we have to pick it up.”