By: Brian Cranston
The Mets were once riding high, enjoying a 12-2 start and looked to be a real threat in the National League. Fans were worried about having an embarrassment of riches, such as in the outfield where they had five players (Cespedes, Conforto, Bruce, Nimmo and Lagares) for three spots. Only a few weeks later, the Mets sit at 22-19, and once again injuries are beginning to rear its ugly head.
The Mets placed Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list earlier this week with a hip flexor strain. Only a few days later, after jamming his toe into the outfield wall making a catch, the Mets received news that former gold glover Juan Lagares would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right big toe. The Mets once deep outfield that fans were worrying about how all of them will get at bats, now looks razor thin.
For Lagares, this has to be devastating. Lagares has never shown the ability to stay healthy, as he has bounced on and off the disabled list for a majority of his big league career. Lagares has been on the DL five times since 2016, highlighted by two fractured thumbs in back to back season. Ever since his gold glove season in 2014, the Mets have gotten little to nothing from Lagares.
Lagares, who is known to have a light bat, looked to be turning the corner a bit in 2018 from the plate, which makes this news more devastating. Although he only had 59 at bats, Lagares was hitting .339, which is one of the best stretches of his career. The Mets had always hoped he could show some kind of consistency on offense, as if you pair that with his defense in centerfield, that would make him a very special player. However, its looking like Lagares is going to be another player fans and the organization will be saying “what if” about.
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