On Friday, August 5, 2011, the New York Mets began a series against the Atlanta Braves at CitiField that many thought would decide the fate of the rest of their season. Some felt the Mets, eight games out of the wildcard race, would need to sweep the series to still be in
the race. At a minimal, taking two out of three games would place the Mets seven games behind and within striking distance of the Atlanta Braves. The weekend’s results were far worse than any Mets fan could have imagined.
After splitting the first two games of the series, a 4-1 loss on Friday night and a 11-7 win on Saturday, the Mets faced the Braves in an afternoon rubber game Sunday afternoon. In the bottom of the second inning, Willie Harris came out to pinch hit for shortstop Jose
Reyes. Reyes pulled his left hamstring, the same hamstring he pulled in July, while running after grounding out when he led off the bottom of the first inning. He said he felt a twinge as he sprinted down the line after the game.
The second blow of the game for the New York Mets came in the seventh inning, when David Murphy’s left knee was injured after Atlanta Braves outfielder Jose Constanza’s slide into second base. The visual was very disturbing, and the immediate assumption was that Murphy would be gone for the season.
To add insult to injury, literally for New York Mets fans, Mets nemesis Larry “Chipper” Jones, who affectionately named his daughter Shea, after Shea Stadium and his many heroics there, singled in the ninth inning to give the Braves the lead, and the final margin of
I am as optimistic as they come, but with 48 games left, and 9 games behind, the Mets would need a minor miracle to be able to catch the Braves. The Atlanta Braves have 46 games remaining, and if they were to play poorly the rest of the way, at, let’s say 22-24, the Mets would have to play 32-16 just to tie them at the end of the season.
With Carlos Beltran traded, Ike Davis most likely out for the season, Daniel Murphy gone for the season, and Jose Reyes gone for an indefinite period of time, combined with the loss of former closer Francisco Rodriguez, Mets fans should be happy if this team can
continue to hover around .500.
As the season began, few had hope that the New York Mets could achieve that goal. With the injuries sustained by Murphy and Reyes Sunday, finishing above .500 for the season appears to be a tough goal. Any hope of making the playoffs this season as a wildcard winner was crushed Sunday afternoon, with an injury to Jose Reyes, an injury to
Daniel Murphy, and a single by Chipper Jones.