Room for improvement
At this point, it’s wishful thinking that Rivera could improve his offense.
As we mentioned earlier, he’s just a .213 career hitter. Rivera is always somebody you’re going to bat at the bottom of your order, but his defense adds value that the Mets don’t currently have at that position.
Plus, Rivera does have enough moments at the plate and he’s somebody who can handle finesse pitchers better than power pitchers. The offense is nowhere near great, but Rivera isn’t a total liability either. That fact alone makes it more comforting to slide him into the lineup until a longer term solution arises, whether it’s d’Arnaud or someone else.
Rivera is what he is at this point. His career splits are mostly not too pretty to look at. He’s only a .242 hitter while ahead in the count and a .228 hitter with runners in scoring position for his career.
Defense is his calling card though and his presence was felt especially through the Mets’ aforementioned ace in Syndergaard.