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Mets: Jed Lowrie’s best and worst case scenarios for 2019

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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 23: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after hitting a fly out against the Texas Rangers in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 23: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after hitting a fly out against the Texas Rangers in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Best Case Scenario

The best-case scenario for Lowrie in 2019 is he becomes the most valuable transaction the Mets made in the offseason.

As mentioned before Lowrie set career highs in 2018 in home runs and RBI. He hit 23 home runs in 2018, with his previous career high being set in 2012 with a total of 16. He drove in 99 RBI in 2018, his previous career high was 75 back in 2013. At age 34 Lowrie earned his first career All-Star selection.

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Some may argue that Lowrie benefited last year from playing alongside a pretty deep lineup. One that featured slugger Khris Davis and rising stars such as Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. But Lowrie will be part of a deep lineup as well for the blue and orange. Adding him to the middle of the lineup will be beneficial and with Lowrie being a switch hitter, it will add some problems for opposing managers.

Now Lowrie does not have a track record for being a home run machine, so it would not be fair for him to duplicate the numbers he produced in 2018. But if he can build on what has been consistent numbers throughout his career, especially over the past two seasons, it will be a great impact for the Mets. No one would complain if Lowrie hit for an average of .260-.270 and sit in the 10-15 home run range. Lowrie can be the Daniel Murphy type player the Mets have been lacking since Murphy’s departure.

Lowrie has had a WAR of 4 or higher in his last two seasons. In 2017 he had a WAR of 4.0 and followed it up with a 4.8 in 2018.

The main key for the Mets with Lowrie is the versatility. As mentioned before he has experience playing the entire infield and with his best positions being the middle infield spots it allows the Mets to be very creative in the game and on a game to game basis.

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