NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets suffered a big blow on Wednesday when captain David Wright was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
But if you think the Amazin’s are going to pack it in in light of the disappointing news, you’ve got another thing coming.
This team is confident, and it’s ready to prove that it can keep winning without the face of the franchise.
“The guys seemed like, ‘Hey look, it’s just another day,'” manager Terry Collins said after the Mets beat the Phillies, 6-1, on Wednesday night to complete the series sweep.
Wright was injured on Tuesday night while sliding into second base. He left the game, but an MRI revealed that the strain is mild. He’s expected to miss approximately three weeks.
Wednesday’s victory was the Mets’ fourth in a row. They are 6-3 on the young season, tied with the Braves for first place in the National League East.
“It means a lot,” Collins said of his club’s effort on Wednesday. “It means a lot to our fans and it means a lot to our organization. I looked at today’s game as a very big game for us due to the loss of David. I wanted to see how the guys came out. They came out this afternoon ready to go.”
Jon Niese, the winning pitcher on Wednesday, danced in and out of trouble but got big outs when he needed them. He surrendered one earned run on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to record his first win of 2015.
“We’re going to go through a lot more adversity during the season,” Niese said in regard to the loss of Wright. “This is just one speed bump in the road. I know we’re going to be able to get through it. We’ve got a good team, good camaraderie in the clubhouse. We all fight for each other.”
The Mets will kick off a four-game series against the NL East-rival Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday night.
“I think we can all band together and make this thing work,” Lucas Duda, who hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday, said.