The New York Mets have had some great left-handed hitters throughout the years. Let’s take a look at the best left-handed hitters to put on a Mets uniform.
The New York Mets have had some of the greatest play the game put on the orange and blue. Today we are going to take a look at the best left-handed hitters to play for the Amazins. Unfortunately, switch hitters will not qualify since they did hit from the right side, so no Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Mookie Wilson, or Howard Johnson here.
For this left-handed hitting team, we are going to try and keep the theme going with the glove work as long as the position allows, so excluding catcher, second base, shortstop, and third base the person at the position will be left-handed in the field as well.
Starting Pitcher – Sid Fernandez
The Mets have always been known for their pitching, but on the mound and not necessarily at the plate. Sid Fernandez takes the crown for the best left-handed hitting pitcher though. Fernandez spent 10 years with the Mets and put up some pretty solid numbers pitching-wise, and some decent numbers at the plate for a pitcher.
In those 10 seasons, Fernandez hit .190 with 1 home run and drove in 31 runs in 577 plate appearances. His best season with the Mets came in 1988 when he hit .250, drove in 9 runs, and drew 5 walks while only striking out 14 times in 72 plate appearances.
For a pitcher, Fernandez was not bad by any means.
Honorable Mention: Ray Sadecki
Catcher – Mackey Sasser
A position that is typically pretty hard to find a solid offensive player, to find one that hits left-handed makes it even harder. Funny enough, the best left-handed hitter catcher for the Mets was a backup to Gary Carter, Mackey Sasser. Since Sasser was a backup to one of the best hitting catchers in the game, it was hard for him to get some playing time, but when he did he made the most of it.
In somewhat limited playing time Sasser put up some pretty good numbers in the orange and blue. In five seasons with the Mets, he hit .283, had a .308 OBP, hit 15 home runs, and drove in 133 runs.
Sassers best season came in 1990 when he became a regular in the lineup. He hit .307, had a .344 OBP, hit 6 home runs and drove in 41 runs in just 288 plate appearances. Overall pretty decent numbers for a catcher who did not have many plate appearances for the year.