It’s obvious. Both Jenrry Mejia and David Wright are playing hurt. While they are proving their commitment to the game and to their teammates and fans, they are taking a giant risk and putting the 2015 season on the line.
2015 is all but the year everyone in the front office pointed to as the year where the Mets return to contention. Matt Harvey will be back. All of the top pitching prospects will be in the big leagues and contributing. The Mets also plan to add an outside bat via trade in the winter, which should add another element to their lineup. It was all supposed to come together in 2015.
But having both your franchise third-baseman and your young closer playing injured in what is now a dead season, that could force the goal posts to be moved again.
Mejia and Wright are key to the Mets success going forward. Having them both at 100% for the start of the season is crucial. Mejia is playing with a hernia that needs surgery at the end of the season. Everyone has admitted that. Yet he is still trying to pitch through it. Why? If the Mets were in a playoff race, it would be understandable why Mejia would want to pitch through the injury. The Mets aren’t competing this year. It’s best for Mejia and the Mets that he gets the surgery and begins rehabbing for the 2015 season.
For months people have noticed that it looks like Wright is playing hurt. His shoulder that kept him sidelined earlier in the season seems to be bothering him yet again, and the results tell the same story. With only a month and half left in the season, maybe some extra rest for Wright would do wonders for an obvious issue with his shoulder.
David Wright is this franchise. Everybody knows that. He is the face of the Mets. Not having him in the 2015 season would be a crippling blow before the games could be played.
With a young crop of pitching needing to get to the big leagues, it also makes sense to get this guys some rest as well so the Mets can take a look at guys like Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero for an extended period of time.
2014 is over. The Mets are now in evaluation mode. Lucas Duda is playing every day at first. Wilmer Flores is playing every day at short. Giving injured guys needed rest should be a part of this evaluation. 2015 needs to be a year where the Mets compete, not where they evaluate for another year. That means they need to be healthy. And that starts with giving guys rest now.