'Boomer And Gio': Thursday Was Disastrous For Mets

Boomer and Gio
May 17, 2019 - 10:40 am
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By WFAN.com

The Mets are a mess after a disastrous Thursday, WFAN's Gregg Giannotti and Jerry Recco said Friday morning.

New York lost two key players to injuries in a 7-6 loss at Washington. Jeff McNeil left the game early with abdominal tightness, and Michael Conforto suffered a concussion in a collision with Robinson Cano while chasing a fly ball.

"It's the one thing you didn't want with this team that so far, in terms of bad injuries, they have, for the most part, avoided," Recco, who was filling in for Boomer Esiason, said at the start of the "Boomer and Gio" show. "Well, now here they come."

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after the game that he's not too concerned about McNeil. He was being evaluated Friday to determine whether he'd be available for Friday night's series opener at Miami. Conforto returned to New York for further evaluation and could be headed to the injured list.

With a .354 batting average and .441 on-base percentage, McNeil has been the Mets' best hitter this season. 

"For him to come out of the lineup now for a team that's struggling really, really hurts," Recco said. "And then you get Conforto out as well. It's a mess right now."

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Recco added that, while McNeil's abdominal issue does not appear to be serious right now, "if you look at the Mets' track record, you say a couple of days, day-to-day, (but) it could be a month."

Making matters worse is that injuries will make it difficult to demote the struggling Keon Broxton, who is 1-for-his-last-25 and struck out with the bases loaded to end Thursday's one-run defeat.

"That's twice I've seen him in big spots with very, very hittable pitches, and yesterday it's a (Sean) Doolittle meatball at 93 mph about belt high right down the middle of the plate that he swings right through," Giannotti said.

"But it's not like you can just dismiss Keon Broxton now because you're depth is being tested with two injuries yesterday down in D.C.," Gio added.

To listen to the open from Friday's show, click on the audio player above.