Between prized prospects getting hurt and hitting coaches getting fired, there’s been a lot of elbowing around the Amazin’s these days.
Fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens says players have been “trying too hard” at Citi Field — and not just because of the ballpark’s pitcher-friendly dimensions.
Terry Collins probably said it best after Monday’s brutal loss and subsequent firing of hitting coach Dave Hudgens: “S— happens.” But then again, a lot of #*!@ happens to these Mets.
The Mets got 13 hits and another encouraging outing from rookie Jacob deGrom. That still wasn’t enough to overcome the homer-happy Dodgers.
I’m sure all the Terry Collins bashers had a field day after Juan Lagares’ big game Saturday. But keep in mind — the Mets’ manager is not dumb.
“He got into a little bit of a funk,” the Mets manager said Sunday. “It’s not like I sat him for seven days. I sat him for two days, for cripes sake. We’re getting a little carried away here.”
On Friday night against the Nationals, Eric Young, Jr. is staring in left field, Curtis Granderson is starting in center field and Bobby Abreu is starting in right field.
“For me, I don’t think about that,” Lagares said. “I just want to keep working hard and be there for the team. Anywhere they need me I want to be ready for it.”
Granderson went 0-for-3 before a sparse crowd announced at a season-low 20,220. He is hitless in 22 at-bats — the longest drought of his career, according to STATS. His 4-for-50 slide has dropped his average to .116.
Valverde got the job when Bobby Parnell went down with an elbow injury after blowing a save on opening day.
Juan Lagares is headed to the disabled list and Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been called up to take his place on the roster. Curtis Granderson will not be placed on the disabled list at this time and is listed as day to day.
Although the Mets are under no pressure to make any announcements surrounding Lagares, expect questions to arise soon due to Chris Young’s impending arrival back from the disabled list.
The Mets have two players hitting above .300. Three batters are averaging between .200 and .250. And everyone else — yes, everyone — is under the Mendoza line.
The Mets’ opening series against Washington produced some frightful figures fans can fret over. But manager Terry Collins insists his team is better than their 0-3 start would indicate.
Murphy singled in his first at-bat of the season Thursday after leaving the Mets for his son’s birth prior to Monday’s opener.