The answer behind the plate
Isn’t it amazin’ to have a great catcher? That’s what Wilson Ramos has been through the first few series of the season as there is no sign of him slowing down anytime soon. The Mets dodged a bullet by not wasting a 4-year $60 million contract on Yasmani Grandal, by actually saving money and term on who I think is a better all around catcher.
Ramos has seemed to be the only guy who’s been consistently hitting all season. Ramos has been an extremely improved hitter ever since his Lasik Eye Surgery. The Mets finally have a catcher who isn’t an offensive liability or a below average defender.
Whatever your thoughts may be on Travis d’Arnaud, we can all agree he is a massive upgrade from Tomas Nido. d’Arnaud, when healthy has proven to be a solid hitter who has hit up to 16 home runs in a major league season. His injury history has prevented him from fully reaching his potential, however, he’s not expected to be the Mets catcher of the future anymore.
He is not the starting catcher and it can only benefit him. He will still play one or two games a week, and he will have a lesser chance of injury, keeping him healthy and fresh for the Mets push toward the Postseason.
The Core Infielders
Oh my goodness. Pete Alonso is the future of the New York Mets. I understand that he’s only been in the big leagues for about 14 days, but there is no doubt in my mind that we are going to be seeing a lot of Alonso. He is finally that power-hitting first baseman that the Mets thought they might have had with Ike Davis and/or Lucas Duda.
It’s impossible not to love this guy and his passion for the game. All of the work he has put in over the offseason and Spring Training on the field, trying to round himself out as an all-around first baseman, is inspiring to us Mets fans. Alonso’s pure excitement to play at Citi Field, his “Ya Gotta Believe” comment, and not to mention his incredible exit velocity amongst a countless number of other admirable qualities is why Alonso will be a huge reason the Mets make it back to baseball in October.
Robinson Cano’s first game with the Mets was a reason to believe in this team. Cano drove in both runs in our Opening Day win in Washington. Not to mention, he still has the most beautiful swing in the game.
But the reason Cano is so important to this Mets team is his veteran leadership. He has taken over David Wright‘s stall, I’m not saying he will replicate David Wright, because nobody will ever be able to replicate the Captain, but if there’s one guy I’d want in my clubhouse to lessen the blow of losing him, it would be Cano.
We’ve already seen evidence of his leadership this season. He is a firm believer in Chili Davis‘ plan to get the Mets hitting to the opposite field. He has taken on a mentorship to Amed Rosario, and that’s proven to be beneficial to start the season as well. Cano is vital toward any sort of run the Mets are going to make.
As mentioned earlier, Rosario has gotten some excellent guidance from Robinson Cano. Rosario has continued his excellence from the second half of last year, as he has had some clutch hits already in this young season by taking the ball to the opposite field.
He has reintroduced his leg kick, but it has been a lot more controlled as he feels the leg kick is necessary for him to stay comfortable in the box. His sudden offensive emergence is a great addition to his already superb glove.
I wasn’t sure whether or not to add Jeff McNeil to the infielders or the outfielders. That is just how important he is to this ball club. He is the super utility guy that has officially shown that last year was no fluke, proving that he can hit for a very high average in the major leagues.
The Mets must find a way to get his bat into the lineup every single game. Whether it is in left field, third base, second base or any other positions the Mets want to put him at, his bat will come to play every day.