Mets can deal with empty angels without Pete Alonso

SAN DIEGO – The Mets were the leaders in many major categories until Wednesday, scoring runs (299), hits (525), base percentage (.334) and batting average (.263).

To their chagrin, they were also in the leadership of a major, much more painful level: hit drummers. And director Buck Showalter harshly assessed that before the San Diego series lost 13-2 to the Padres on Wednesday, “we’ve stretched our lead.”

The Mets, who have two of their best National League records, have lost two of their three games against the Padres, but will welcome a single game on Thursday with 10 games and an 11-day break across Southern California. Among the reasons is Pete Alonso’s first base (right hand injury) and Starling Mars outfielder (left quadriceps pain) on a healing day as they hope to avoid the injured list but continue ahead of a weekend series. The Los Angeles Angels spiral.

In the case of Alonso, an extra break could be guaranteed. In the National League match, the home and RBI leader said before Wednesday’s match that he hoped to avoid repeating the mistakes made in the past in an attempt to play due to such an injury. Although Alonso has been away, he is preparing this weekend. ongoing study of baseball changes. Mets continue to lose key players — Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer — but accumulate victories. Angels, despite the presence of two sensational players in the game, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, are losing in record proportion.

On Tuesday, when the Angels were buried under a 12-game defeat at the time, the club released director Joe Maddon. Under the interim manager Phil Nevin, Angels immediately lost 13 games in a row, setting the franchise mark for the longest single-season loss streak. The trout left the match with a hamstring injury.

The trout, which is considered a daily occurrence, was left out of a 1-0 loss to Boston on Wednesday, which led to a 14-game losing streak.

The contrast between the franchises is extreme, proving the value of an expensive list built by the Mets for their flexible resilience and stellar power but also depth.

“I think you have to give a lot of credit not only to the team, but also to Billy Eppler, for how he built the roster,” Mark Canha, a Mets outside player, said about the club’s first-year general manager. Many executives took turns trying to protect the angels. “We feel like we’re in a very deep position and we think he’s going to jump in at some point with any of our boys and do a good job.”

Eppler, who interviewed Showalter for Angels ’2019 director job, struggled for five seasons despite Anaheim’s outstanding talent. In his first winter in Queens, he immediately tried to fix a weakness in his new team by landing a couple of versatile players who could hit and play multiple positions for Canha and Eduardo Escobar. Both of them signed Mars and Scherzer in November before the Major League Baseball blockade.

In March, Eppler went deeper, swapping with pitcher Chris Bassitt for the 2021 All Star Oakland. That deal seemed almost superfluous at the time, with Scherzer and deGrom at the helm of the rotation of the team, but it seems prophetic today, as the Mets have had at least one healthy all season.

These moves – the kindness of teammate Steven A. Cohen to the luxury of almost unlimited payroll – have helped fill the injury gap and kept the Mets from long falls.

Some failing games against the Angels can help clean up the bad taste left in the Padres series by the Mets, as the image tests that calmed down a lot on Wednesday had no break or break for Alonso. Tuesday’s game left Yu Darvish in the second inning when a 96-mile-hour sinker entered the meat field over his pinkie, marked by a swing.

Alonso’s absence from Wednesday marked the end of 151 games in a row, having hit the field seven times this season. They have hit the Mets 40 times overall, six more than the Baltimore Orioles and seven more than the Seattle Mariners. Another major team has not played 30 times this season.

“There’s no message to play the Mets across the league,” said Joe Musgrov, the San Diego starter who didn’t face him this week. “You have to understand, as a pitcher, that our job is to control the area on both sides of the plate. How good this training is, you need to get it right. If anyone is afraid that I will play, or get angry, or get fired, it won’t work. “

But with Alonso’s frequency, an injury is starting to feel inevitable.

Canha said he recently told team-mate Jeremy Barnesi, “Every time Alonso is batting,” and I see a ball go up because I’m scared of him, because I know they’re trying to get in. His kitchen. But he’s scared, not only is he hit , because of the number of them hit in the head. ‘

Alonso Darvish was one of three Mets batters.

“I’ve never seen so many people hit the ball with curved balls in the foot area,” Showalter said. “I’m not just talking about shepherding. I’m smoking. Surely someone can come up with a reason. But unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. ‘

Based on his experience – he broke his left hand three times – Alonso intends to be patient. This bruise, he said, is reminiscent of the twisted right hand he wanted to play last year in May, before finally landing on the injured list. He then said that he was a “shell” of himself and that he did not want to get to that point again.

“We have a chance to do something special, and I want to do my best,” Alonso said. “And if I don’t feel good on the street, I’m not going to do justice to this team because these guys are doing a great job and I don’t want to be a weak chain. ”

So the Mets will be on the ice — in more ways than one — for Thursday’s break. While Alonso and Mars are working to heal, and right-hander Tylor Megill is leaving the injured list and preparing to start the game on Friday night, Showalter said he will likely spend Thursday visiting members of the Mets scouting department while holding West Coast meetings. to prepare for next month’s amateur draft. Mets has five of the top 100 picks, and the Eppler administration will be able to establish a long-term path.

Showalter said he would “go here and put his head in it” and see what was going on.

“Basically, to have some goldfish with them. Goldfish and peanuts, and home, ”he said, despite the reassuring thoughts of a manager whose team continues to win.

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