Yoenis Cespedes ghosted the Mets and they got better. Robinson Cano incurred an adductor strain and the Mets got better. Amed Rosario developed an upset stomach and the Mets got better.
What hasn’t killed them has made them longer.
The Mets outclassed the Nationals 8-2 in a Thursday matinee. They did this behind a pitcher in David Peterson, who was not even considered one of the six starters for five spots in spring training 1.0. Behind a defense-first backup catcher in Tomas Nido, who hit two homers and drove in six runs. Behind a team-leading fourth homer from Dom Smith, the biggest beneficiary of Cespedes’ vanishing act. And behind the continued all-around excellence of Andres Gimenez and Luis Guillorme in filling in for Rosario and Cano.
Recent Mets seasons have underwhelmed for many reasons. Near the top was that they were undermanned. Their subs were subpar. The back of their bullpen was bashed and Bashlor.
Through one third of this season, the Mets are just 9-11, but it would be so much worse if their B-squad was not getting As. Depth, of all things, is why they still have a shot in the NL East. The two-time division champ Braves are down Ronald Acuna Jr. and…