And that, to borrow from J. Walter Weatherman in “Arrested Progress,” is why you don’t hustle.
Reach to mediate about it, as actual Twitter follower @seaver_15 urged to me, that’s also why you don’t dissipate major resources on a 36-one year-outmoded coming off a suspension for unlawful efficiency-bettering drug usage.
The Mets prolonged their a hit poke Wednesday night to three games with a dramatic, 6-1 victory over the awful Nationals at Citi Self-discipline, with Juan Lagares and novel arrival Rajai Davis turning within the major, eighth-inning blows to additional hurt Washington’s brutal bullpen.
Then but again, the contest didn’t pass with out piling on extra grim humor to the Mets’ already trade-leading total. Robinson Cano, who arguably has confronted extra scrutiny for his on-discipline conduct this past week than in another time at some level of his Hall of Fame occupation, departed the sport within the fourth inning with tightness in his left quad — an hurt sustained, fittingly sufficient, from running exhausting on a groundout to shortstop that ended the 0.33. He underwent an MRI exam at some level of the sport, Mickey Callaway acknowledged, and infielder Luis Guillorme’s elimination from his sport with Triple-A Syracuse increases the likelihood that, on Thursday, Cano will lunge on the ten-day injured checklist, which fair correct added one more Mets traditional Tuesday in Brandon Nimmo.
The Mets: Reach for the drama, discontinuance for the farce.
Gaze, Cano deserved a quasi-benching in Monday night’s series opener for what transpired in Miami final weekend, because the 2nd baseman twice didn’t bustle exhausting on grounders that weren’t automatic outs. The Mets at the time were struggling love a typewriter salesperson assigned to Silicon Valley, and Cano, the proprietor of a awful .241/.287/.371 reduce line, lacked the cachet to put out of your mind the quantity of outs, or to bewitch a ball went tainted, every of which took place at Marlins Park. Callaway identified these transgressions as one amongst three causes for sitting Cano, regardless that Cano acknowledged he and his supervisor never discussed the trouble insist.
In the bigger characterize, though? We’re going severely overboard on this insist. Cano’s games-performed total — A hundred and fifty or extra in an implausible 11 seasons — replicate his correct hustle. Not running exhausting on obvious outs constitutes playing the possibilities: How doubtless are you to assign execrable safely, and the arrangement doubtless are you to injure your self from superfluous effort?
As Callaway acknowledged at the winter conferences final December, when requested (by me) about Cano’s solution to grounders: “He does it so he can play a hundred and fifty five games, which he’s performed yearly. He’s orderly. He is conscious of the sport.”
On Wednesday night, the beleaguered Callaway sang a special tune, announcing of Cano’s dear excessive-equipment shift, “I’m certain he changed into once mindful that he wants to rep going barely bit.”
Cano, never a speedster even in his top, rolled the dice and lost Wednesday, and now the Mets potentially will lose Cano for a whereas. That they would be , particularly if the left hamstring tightness that saved Jeff McNeil out of Wednesday’s sport isn’t serious and the baby can earn over the keystone, constitutes a separate but equal level.
And that level is … the Cano trade looks worse by the day. Less than an hour after Cano sustained his hurt, Jarred Kelenic hit his eighth homer for Single-A West Virginia within the Mariners’ minor league system. Sandy Alderson’s Mets drafted Kelenic sixth overall in final one year’s beginner draft, handiest to test Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets flip him and pitching prospect Justin Dunn (plus some veterans) to Seattle for Cano, whose contract final thru 2023, and nearer Edwin Diaz. All together now: Yeesh.
As for Cano, effectively, if he doesn’t barely rep the final convey, he certain as heck makes a degree, one which certain might per chance per chance per chance near in at hand for this perception-obsessed franchise: Optics earn you handiest to this level. Results elevate the day. Let’s test whether the Mets can reproduce extra thrilling outcomes, and fewer tributes to irony, love Wednesday’s.