Attrition sent the formation into a spiral, with even the substitutes vulnerable and joining the ranks of the injured. Monday night it was Johneshwy Fargas’ turn.
The rookie center-back hit the fence hard, coming away with a left shoulder injury, adding even more sting to the Mets’ third straight loss, 3-2 to the Rockies at Citi Field.
Fargas replaced Kevin Pillar, who suffered a broken nose last week after being hit in the face by a pitch. Pillar was the replacement for Brandon Nimmo, who has spent the last three weeks on the injured list with a bone bruise on his left index finger. The Mets have 16 players on the IL.
“Does anyone want to get dressed?” The owner, Steve Cohen, tweeted.
Fargas left the game with a left AC joint sprain after crashing into the fence trying to catch the center shot from Garrett Hampson who got a triple RBI in the fourth. Fargas initially stayed in the game, but left the game after the Mets batting game.
“It’s happening, it’s real right now,” manager Luis Rojas said. “But I think the attitude of the group hasn’t changed. … We will have a team there [Tuesday], we have guys who are going to be brave.
Earlier this month, the Mets lost Albert Almora Jr. on the injured list after sustaining a bruised left shoulder crashing into the center field fence while attempting to catch a ball.
Cameron Maybin, acquired from the Cubs last week for financial reasons (exactly $ 1), finished the game in center field. Maybin went without a hitting in three at bat with two strikeouts and is now 0 for 19 since joining the team.
Brandon Drury smashed a pinch homerun starting ninth against Austin Gomber, but the Mets’ comeback stalled against reliever Carlos Estevez.
It marked the third straight game in which the Mets have scored two points or less. The Mets (21-20) still lead the NL East by one game.
“Really, we’re exploring all the options,” interim general manager Zack Scott said ahead of the game, when asked on the roster. “I’m on the phone most of the day every day. We always have to find the best solutions, that’s really the job of baseball operations when it comes to the concentration of the major leagues. We’re trying to find the best internal options, the best external options, trying to make the most of the guys that we have. “
James McCann, in his first professional game at first base, received a standing ovation in second after diving to stop Josh Fuentes’ grounder and throwing David Peterson covering the sack for the out. McCann started at first base to give the Mets another right-handed stick in the lineup and finished 1-for-4 with a solo homerun in the seventh for the team’s second hit against lefty Gomber. McCann struck out with the tying point at second to end the game.
Peterson kept the Mets in the game by allowing three earned runs on five hits with three walks in six innings to reduce his ERA from 4.97 to 4.91. It followed a shaky start to Atlanta in which he gave up three earned runs in 4 ² / ₃ of innings in a no-decision decision.
“It doesn’t feel good no matter how hard you throw when you lose,” Peterson said. “Losing is what sucks – obviously a few shots that I would like to regain.”
Peterson at least gave innings for the Mets after giving solo homers to Ryan McMahon and Elias Diaz in the second. The southpaw walked McMahon in the start of the fourth and was stung by Hampson’s triple with a putout. But with runners in the second and third row, Peterson pulled out Raimel Tapia to avoid further damage.
The Mets didn’t get their first baseman until fourth, when Jonathan Villar made a single early in the inning. But that enthusiasm was short-lived: Francisco Lindor made a 6-4-3 double play and was booed. Lindor finished 0-for-4 and is batting .189.