Well, this is a bummer — Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes are both out of the All-Star Game.
Syndergaard, a potential starting pitcher of the game, and Cespedes, a definite starting outfielder, both left Friday night’s game against the Nationals with injuries. Syndergaard has the vague “arm fatigue,” while Cespedes was diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain.
While it is lousy that they will not be representing the Mets on the big stage, it probably is the best thing for the team’s post-season aspirations. They will need a healthy Syndergaard and Cespedes down the stretch.
The Mets and Syndergaard say this has nothing to do with the bone spurs in his elbow. That’s both good and bad. If it was, then at least the Mets would know what was wrong. But if Syndergaard is just tired, then a good week of rest could do the trick.
As far as Cespedes, he suffered a similar injury in Spring Training with the Tigers last year and only missed a few days. So just like with Syndergaard, the break is coming at a perfect time for Cespedes. He hopefully will be ready to go when the second half begins.
And hopefully both Syndergaard and Cespedes will at least be on the sidelines to be introduced along with their fellow All-Stars. After so many years of having just one token All-Star, it will be nice to see four men (along with Jeurys Familia and Bartolo Colon) wearing the blue and orange Mets hats at the Mid-Summer Classic.