ATLANTA – The Mets won in seven consecutive matches when they reached Tampa Bay.
They are now losers of three in a row.
They are still 18-16, but the injuries are piling up now. And it remains to be seen when this unfortunate period of injury will end.
Regardless, Mets moves on. Next: Three games against Braves (19-21) at Truist Park, Monday through Wednesday.
Here are pitch fights, injury updates and three things to watch for as Mets and Braves prepare for this series:
The projected pitch encounters are as follows …
Monday: Mets RHP Taijuan Walker x Braves LHP Max Fried
Third: Mets TBA x Braves RHP Charlie Morton
Wednesday: Mets LHP David Peterson vs Braves LHP Drew Smyly
Jeff McNeil of second base: He left Sunday’s game with an injury to his left hamstring. He’s doing an MRI.
Michael Comfort Outfielder: He left Sunday’s game with an injury to his right hamstring. He is also scheduled to receive an MRI scan.
Outfielder Brandon Nimmo: Nimmo (bruise on the bone of his left index finger) went on a secondary league rehab task, so he felt pain in his last hitting attempt by Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, his first rehab game. He hasn’t played since and is now joining the Mets in Atlanta for treatment. Rojas emphasized that Nimmo will not return until he is 100 percent pain free.
Third base J.D. Davis: The Mets plan to take him to Triple-A Syracuse to begin a rehabilitation task. They are targeting Tuesday as the start of this for Davis, who is recovering from a sprain in his left hand. He will face live releases in those games and provide feedback on how his hand feels when he makes contact. The Mets will continue to accompany him in his streak progress until he can return.
Right-handed Jacob deGrom: DeGrom, who is on the 10-day injured list with rigidity on the right, could do a bullpen session on Tuesday, Rojas said. That would be a big step for deGrom, who could return as soon as possible to the team’s game in Miami on Friday.
Infielder Luis Guillorme: Guillorme, who is recovering from an oblique injury, has already spent considerably more than 10 days for his injured period on the list. He is still having trouble with rotational movements, which means he is not swinging the club. He has been doing defensive exercises, however.
Right-handed Seth Lugo: Rojas said on Saturday that Lugo (elbow surgery) would be leaving for a rehabilitation mission in a few days. He will launch for Triple-A Syracuse when he does. He is on his way to join Mets at the end of the month. Lugo has faced scouts.
Right-handed Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard is in the five-inning range in his progression, said Rojas. The Mets are making him repeat this until he moves to six entrances. He will soon go on a rehabilitation mission and make several initiations. He’s on his way back in June.
Right-handed Carlos Carrasco: Carrasco (a hamstring injury) has been doing exercises and internal work for his rehabilitation, said Rojas. The Mets backed off by testing that tendon in the field.
What to watch
Bench Mob seems to keep rolling: Mets has received heavy contributions from its bench up to this point. And to be fair, these backups are now started because of injuries. Is this sustainable? We will learn more about that answer during this series. The Mets will need Kevin Pillar, Jonathan Villar, José Peraza and others to step up in the absence of several starters.
Great test for the starting pitchers: The bullpen, which had been so dominant until then, faltered in Tampa Bay. This is what happens in baseball, a game of ups and downs. The Mets cannot rely too much on their bullpen in every game. Let’s see if Taijuan Walker and David Peterson can put together quality games – and perhaps give the Mets an impressive life – in Atlanta to give the pen a rest.
How will Mets handle Tuesday ?: The Mets’ last bullpen game on Saturday in Tampa Bay backfired. But the previous one, on May 8, against Arizona, worked well. So, what will it be like this time? And who will start? Coach Luis Rojas on Sunday mentioned right-handed Jordan Yamamoto and left-handed Thomas Szapucki as potential options. He also noted that southpaw Joey Lucchesi, who did not shoot well on Saturday, would probably be well rested.
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets reviews, news, trades and more, sign up today and download our app.