Having just been swept by the lowly Houston Astros, the New York Mets limp back to Citi Field today for a much needed off day. The rest will be a welcome sight for several portions of the Mets roster.
First and foremost, the Mets bullpen, which has become increasingly unreliable, will use the day to rest its arms and lick its wounds. An increased workload due to shoddy starting pitching this week has lead to suspect relief outings. The leaky pen has directly cost the Mets at least two wins in recent weeks and needs to get back on track if the Mets are to do the same.
Other members of the team will also welcome the day of rest. Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas have been slammed with a formidable case of the flu that's been working its way through the club house. Such an ailment, just like an injury, can only benefit for the rest of an off day.
Finally, the Mets just need a day to reset their heads. The last week has seen the group play it's worst baseball of the year. Bad pitching, poor baserunning and even poorer defense have combined to bring the Mets back down to within a game of .500. The rest will be good for everyone involved, allowing the group to arrive with a clear mindset and rested bodies on Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town.