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Yes, this week did include a loss. But let's focus on how the Mets are in the midst of the best start in franchise history. Coming off nine wins in a row. Winning every series they have played so far this season. Not too shabby.
Of course, this excitement did take a hit on Wednesday, when it was announced that Travis d'Arnaud had a UCL tear in high right elbow. Tommy John surgery will happen and end his season, because as we all know, it's impossible to go an entire season without someone on the Mets needing Tommy John surgery.
Kevin Plawecki can easily step in for d'Arnaud, though, as we all know he's already had experience as a starting catcher, so not too big of a problem, right?! Well... Plawecki is injured as well, and will likely be out for roughly three weeks. Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton it is then! Fortunately, Nido does have some major league experience from last year. And so far, both have looked good especially considering the unexpected roles they're currently taking on.
Wednesday's game against the Marlins did not look much better at first, either -- with Zack Wheeler making his return and giving up a home run to the second batter he faced. Minus this hiccup, Wheeler went on to pitch phenomenally -- much better than I had thought he would be when I heard he was returning to the majors. But, the Mets offense didn't show up for the first six innings, with Jarlin Garcia throwing a no-hitter.... and then getting pulled from the game in the seventh after throwing 77 pitches. Yes, you read that correctly, he was pulled from potentially throwing a no-hitter. It was my team that wasn't getting a hit, and even I didn't understand the move. Thank you, Don Mattingly, as quickly after Garcia was pulled, Todd Frazier broke up the no-no against Drew Steckenrider.
Oh, and the team that was no-hit through the seventh then went on to win the game. That's something we wouldn't have seen last season, now is it?
Another storyline from this past week is how Yoenis Cespedes has been playing despite suffering from flu-like symptoms. Literally, Yo has been dealing with a fever since Saturday night, and yet played in every single game since, including Monday's Marlins game in which the team did not land in Miami until the middle of the night.
Between Sunday night's game going into extra innings, and the Mets landing late (or, technically, very early in the morning) in Miami, Mickey Callaway asked his starters whether they wanted to play on Monday, or wanted the day off. Every single one of them said that they wanted to play. Dedication. Commitment. Devotion. I love it. Let's just not play through injuries.
In the most shocking news of the week, Brandon Nimmo was sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for RHP Corey Oswalt (who was then sent down a day later to make room for Wheeler). Nimmo has been playing great this season, and has proved everyone who ever doubted him wrong. And now he's back.
Now, for those of you who may have thought to yourself sometime this season, "what happened to the crown players would be awarded at the end of each winning game?" Well, it's gone. But, true to theme, Frazier instead is bringing in a salt and pepper-inspired award. I don't think it's possible to stress enough how great Frazier has been for this clubhouse... and we're only a couple of weeks into the season.
The crown is, in fact, an actual large pepper grinder.
Noah Syndergaard's hair was also a topic of conversation, as somehow the debate rose as to whether or not he should cut his hair. Syndergaard retweeted an SNY article about the topic, and then tossed up a poll. Naturally, most people do not want him to cut his hair.
Should I cut my hair- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) April 11, 2018
Speaking of hair, we also learned Keith Hernandez's thoughts on man buns this week.
And that we don't want to be him when we grow up (but yes we all do).
No you don't.- keith Hernandez (@keithhernandez) April 11, 2018
Oh, and we received confirmation that no, players do not look forward to facing Syndergaard.
I asked Travis Shaw what it was like facing Noah Syndergaard today in those conditions. "Good luck," he said. "Freakin' wiffle balls at 98 miles an hour. His changeup's disgusting. It's what he's known for."- Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) April 15, 2018
Michael Conforto posted on Instagram for the first time ever, and if this picture doesn't pump you up, nothing will.
And finally, Robert Gsellman has a request for fans.