New York Mets: Cavalry is coming to Queens, will it be in time?

Dominic Smith, New York Mets. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Dominic Smith, New York Mets. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

With the 2019 season winding down, the New York Mets are still in striking distance of the postseason. Help is on the way, but will it come in time?

This New York Mets season has been a huge roller coaster ride. Going into Tuesday night’s action, the Amazins are four games out of a Wild Card slot with 25 games to go. Help is on the way, several important players are on their way back to the team. Will they get here in time to make a difference.

All year long the Mets have been playing shorthanded. Aside from Jed Lowrie absence, more on him later, this team has played through the injuries of several key members. Now in September, the specter of what could have been is coming closer to reality. So many games have ended with the Amazins falling just short of a win.

As the season is on its last legs New York Mets fans may finally get a look at the roster GM Brodie Van Wagenen promised in January when he told the rest of the National League East to “come get us.” Some players have recently returned from the injured list and several more are in the way. The Cavalry is coming over the hill.

Brandon Nimmo has been out with a neck injury since he went on the IL at the end of May. Sunday he made his triumphant return to the lineup. The centerfielder went 1-for-3 with two walks, one run scored and a run batted in. Additionally backup catcher and Noah Syndergaard‘s personal receiver, Thomas Nido returned to the club from his seven-day injury hiatus.  Several more members of the roster are close to coming back.

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Robinson Cano was supposed to be out of action for the remainder of the season after tearing his hamstring August 4 in Pittsburgh. Whatever he’s drinking needs to go to a hospital because only four weeks later the second baseman was playing a rehab game for Coney Island. He wants to help his team make a final push telling the New York Post: “I’m looking forward to going back and giving everything I got.”

Dominic Smith has been the New York Mets top cheerleader recently. It’s been fun to see him wheel around on his scooter while the stress reaction to his left foot heals, rooting for his teammates. He was cleared to resume some baseball activities this week. Hopefully, he can return to the main roster a few weeks.

Contrary to popular reports, infielder Jed Lowrie is not a myth. He is also on a rehab assignment, as he recovers from a series of injuries that have sidelined him for the entirety of the season. As a matter of fact, Sunday the 15 year MLB veteran went 2-for-3 to help Triple-A Syracuse force a one-game playoff. Lowrie may actually wear a New York Mets uniform this season.

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Reinforcements are coming to Queens. Will they be here in time to make a difference this season? It will be close. If they are going to make a big move, it has to happen now. They have a pair of games left with the Nats over the next two days. That is followed by three games with Philly and four games with Arizona. All three of these teams are in the Wild Card battle.