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The New York Mets have had a rough season and their presence in the 2023 playoffs would be close to a miracle at this point.
They are 46-53, 18.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL East top spot and seven games behind the last Wild Card spot, occupied by several teams (tied).
The situation is definitely not promising.
The Mets’ core of underachieving stars and role players is the main reason why they are in this spot: the roster is old and injury-prone in important areas.
However, ignoring that injuries have had an important impact on the outcome of their 2023 campaign would be foolish.
Lots of prominent players on the Mets roster have been, or currently are, out with physical ailments.
The latest player to be on the shelf for a long period of time is infielder Luis Guillorme.
“NY #Mets infielder Luis Guillorme will be out until September with a Grade 2 strain of his right calf,” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
NY #Mets infielder Luis Guillorme will be out until September with a Grade 2 strain of his right calf.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 25, 2023
Guillorme is not a starter, but has been a valuable backup for the Mets over the years.
This season, he is slashing .238/.304/.347 in 50 games and 114 plate appearances.
That has resulted in an 82 wRC+, meaning that he has produced 18 percent less than the league-average batter.
His value stems from his ability to cover multiple defensive positions on the infield and do it competently.
We have seen this season that calf strains are tricky and hard to shake off, so it won’t necessarily be early September when we see Guillorme again.
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