New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil will sit for the rest of the season after fracturing his wrist on Wednesday night.
The New York Mets received a devastating blow on the same night they were eliminated from playoff contention.
Infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil was hit in the right wrist in the bottom of the sixth inning by Miami Marlins left-hander Josh Smith. McNeil fractured the distal ulnar in that wrist, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com. There’s no question McNeil will sit for the rest of the year, being that there are only four games left.
McNeil was in the running for the batting title. However, there’s no question he would’ve needed a stellar conclusion to his season to achieve it. He’s currently sixth in the major leagues with a .318 average. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson leads the league with a .339 average.
The All-Star thus finishes his season having hit 23 home runs with 73 RBIs and a slash line of .318/.384/.531. He was without a doubt one of the top players for the Mets in a season where they became one of the more productive ballclubs as the Summer months rolled on.
New York initially was on their way to an extremely disappointing year. Then, they became a team that held onto postseason contention until only four games left.
On Wednesday, due to the Milwaukee Brewers defeating the Cincinnati Reds 9-2, the Mets were officially eliminated from their Wild Card chances. This, despite New York defeating the Marlins 10-3.
At 83-75, the Mets will look to finish out the season strong. They have one game left against Miami followed by three against the Atlanta Braves at home.