Sunday will be a day of rest for many of the Mets
With the Mets going for their first four-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta since July 4-7, 1985, those chances will lie in the hands of the “B” squad.
But as was the case on Thursday night, the Mets “B” squad right now is light years better than their “A” squad from two months ago.
After declining a day off on Saturday, Yoenis Cespedes has asked for Sunday’s series finale against the Braves off, Terry Collins said on Saturday night.
In addition, Tyler Clippard, who has been overworked and allowed a game-tying, three-run home run to Adonis Garcia in the eighth inning on Saturday, could sit for the next couple of days.
“He’s tired, that’s what I’m seeing,” Collins said about Clippard. “I actually think he needs a couple of days. Hopefully we’ll get it for him.”
Jeurys Familia will also likely have Sunday off.
David Wright will also have a scheduled day off at third base, although Lucas Duda will be back in the lineup on Sunday after having Saturday night off.
Presumably, Travis d’Arnaud will also be off in a day game after a night game, and Collins could be wise to rest Daniel Murphy, who is clearly still dealing with a sore quad.
But this is the luxury of having a 9 1/2 game lead with 20 games to go in the regular season.
But despite that comfortable lead, Collins doesn’t believe his team is comfortable yet.
“Not yet, I don’t think. We better not,” the manager said. “We better worry about playing tomorrow.”