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New York Mets: Sandy Says He's Responsible, as GM Alderson Takes Blame, Gives Injury Updates
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12 Jun 2018 05:32 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Infielder Jose Reyes is batting .149 this season. (Image Source: AP Photo)

The New York Mets have the worst record in baseball since May 1, as the season has gone from promising to one in which the team is considering selling off their top assets in the matter of weeks. It’s no secret that the lack of offense is the primary culprit. An offense architected by general manager Sandy Alderson.

"When you're scoring runs at the anemic rate that we have, something hasn't worked," Alderson said. "From that standpoint, I take total responsibility for where we are. I'm not happy about it. But at the same time, the job now is to figure out how to fix it and improve it.

"We are focused on getting the team back to where it was many weeks ago."

Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was the first domino to fall, but no one is expecting Dominic Smith (batting seventh tonight) to be the savior and there’s not much else the GM can do.

There was speculation that the team was nudging Jose Reyes towards retirement but who would replace him? If there was a more viable option they’d likely be here already.

"We are committed to putting the best team that we can on the field, and these personnel decisions will be made on the merits," Alderson said. "To some extent, this is an indictment of other personnel. We have to have somebody that we want to replace him, that we think meets that threshold."

Ouch. That’s an indictment on the job Alderson himself has done building this team.

Injury Updates:

It’s possible reliever AJ Ramos, who was supposed to be the eighth inning guy, might have thrown his final pitch as a Met. With a 6.41 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 28 appearances, he’s been as much of a bust as anyone in the lineup. He’s sidelined by a shoulder injury with no return in sight.

"We certainly don't expect him back anytime soon," Alderson said.

Surgery on his right shoulder is on the table. Even if he opts against surgery he will be out for an extended period.

Noah Syndergaard, who is recovering from a strained index finger and was scratched from his scheduled return from the disabled list on Sunday, wants a second opinion.

"Nothing else has happened," Alderson said. "We want to make sure that the next step he takes and we take is the right one."

It’s unclear when Syndergaard will return. He’s been out since May 25.

Then there’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes whose bat has been sorely missed.

Like Syndergaard, Cespedes suffered a setback over the weekend. Out since May 13, Cespedes cut short his rebab assignment due to right quad soreness and Alderson offered no updates on his best slugger.

There was good news on second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, New York’s most productive bat this season.

He left Sunday night’s game with a tight left hamstring and stayed in New York on Monday as the rest of the team embarked on their road trip. Cabrera will rejoin the club today in Atlanta and is batting cleanup.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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