If it felt like your team was the most injured in baseball the last few years, Mets fans, well, you are wrong. Over the last eight seasons, the Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox and A’s all had more games missed by injured players than the Mets, according to the website mangameslost.com. But if you feel like the Mets were one of the teams more affected by injuries, well, you are right. According to the website that tracks injuries in professional sports and their impact on those teams, the Rangers and Mets had the most significant impact from injuries in the last eight years. The site measure the potential Wins Above Replacement that teams suffer because of days and player on the disabled list. The Mets’ WAR lost to injury over those eight seasons was 47.78, only behind the Rangers, whose lost WAR, was 55.93. On the opposite end of the spectrum? The 2016 World Series champion Cubs had the lowest WAR lost to injuries in that span. The 2017 World Series champ Astros were 21st out of the 30 teams. So the Mets attempt to reorganize their medical, training and conditioning system this winter may have as big, or bigger impact, than any free agent they can go out and sign. With it unlikely that Sandy Alderson will have all of the $60 million coming off the 2017 Opening Day payroll to spend and holes at second base in the outfield, the bullpen and rotation that the GM wants to address, getting — and keeping — the players they had on the disabled list in 2017 healthy for 2018 may be the best way for the Mets to improve their team. The Mets have six starting pitchers on the disabled list at one point in 2017. Closer Jeurys Familia missed three months to injury. Slugger Yoenis Cespedes, in the first year of a $110 million, four-year deal, played just 81 games because of injuries. David Wright never got on the field as he battled back from a neck injury then shoulder and back surgery. The Mets began the shake-up with the firing of long time head trainer Ray Ramirez after the 2017 season, but Alderson was adamant that controversial trainer Mike Barwis would remain as a consultant to the team.
With limited budget, Mets finding a way to stay healthy may be best way to improve their team
New York Daily News | Nov 9