Don’t get too excited about the presence of Luis Guillorme and Dominic Smith. These two New York Mets are only on the 25-man roster to ride the bench.
The New York Mets made big changes to their roster this week. Included was the promotion for two young players.
Luis Guillorme was hitting over .500 and had multi-hit games in his last 5 games. He plays Gold Glove caliber defense and should have made the club out of Spring Training. Instead, they signed Jose Reyes and sent Guillorme to Las Vegas.
When they picked up Asdrubal Cabrera‘s option for $8 million, they expected him to play third base. Instead, he preferred to play second base and prompted GM Sandy Alderson to sign Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract.
If Cabrera stayed at third base, Guillorme could have started at second base right now. Instead, Cabrera is the hottest and most consistent hitter on the Mets all season. Now that Todd Frazier is on the DL with a hamstring problem, Cabrera could move short-term to third base to give Guillorme playing time.
Instead, he is riding the bench. Meanwhile, Wilmer Flores is playing third base when the Phillies have no left-handed pitchers on their roster.
This is a move Terry Collins would do and get ridiculed for by the fans. The fans would be correct, and Mickey, who I want fired for his incompetence, is doing the exact same thing.
Perhaps there could be lightning in a bottle. Maybe Guillorme stays hot and gets the Mets hitting and scoring runs again. Even with the Mets coming back in the ninth inning with two home runs, they have been lifeless at the plate.
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Same goes for first baseman Dominic Smith. Smith has lost an additional eight pounds since the end of Spring Training. Unfortunately, he was injured virtually all of Spring Training which gave Adrian Gonzalez no legitimate competition for the first base job. Smith also showed up late on the first day, which already put him in a deep hole.
He struggled early in Las Vegas but has gotten hot of late. With Jay Bruce on paternity leave, Smith was recalled for the weekend against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, another bandbox. As I said with Guillorme, the Mets have struggled so terribly, having Smith start these three games could be a spark. He might hit two home runs. Who knows if he won’t play.
Instead, Mickey again is playing Adrian Gonzalez, who although has played well, is not the future. He should sit for three games in order for Smith to see what he can do.
Terry Collins was criticized for choosing veterans over younger players. Only last year when everyone was traded away did Collins play the rookies. Callaway was supposed to bring a different culture to the ball club. Instead, he is more of the same, a con artist who should be fired along with Sandy Alderson as soon as possible.
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As long as Mickey is here, expect players like Smith and Guillorme to ride the bench while playing the underachieving veterans. It’s deja vu all over again.