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New York Mets role-players helping to hold the offense together

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 26: Adeiny Hechavarria #11 of the New York Mets celebrates his fourth inning three run home run against the Detroit Tigers with teammates (from Left) Tomas Nido #3, Robinson Cano #24, Carlos Gomez #91 , Amed Rosario #1 and Wilson Ramos #40 at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 26: Adeiny Hechavarria #11 of the New York Mets celebrates his fourth inning three run home run against the Detroit Tigers with teammates (from Left) Tomas Nido #3, Robinson Cano #24, Carlos Gomez #91 , Amed Rosario #1 and Wilson Ramos #40 at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 26: Adeiny Hechavarria #11 of the New York Mets celebrates his fourth inning three run home run against the Detroit Tigers with teammates Todd Frazier #21 and Wilson Ramos #40 at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Many of the players we expected to carry the New York Mets offense this season have missed time due to injury. Fortunately, these role-players are keeping the team alive.

What did your preseason predictions for the New York Mets look like? If you’re a logical person, you probably thought this season would have gone much differently.

We’re now in June and the team is relying heavily on an everyday lineup sans some of its biggest names. They’re getting by with more than a little help from friends. The Mets are surviving with big, timely hits from some unexpected role-players.

Injuries can make or break many MLB teams. It’s how they deal with the adversity which can help shape the direction of where they finish in the standings. For a large portion of 2019, the Mets’ cousins up in the Bronx, the New York Yankees, have put a lineup on the field with plenty of players nobody knew much about at the start of the year. In recent weeks, the Mets have been forced to do the same.

While Pete Alonso has crushed baseballs and given them plenty of power and Michael Conforto has been a big part of the offense as well, there are equally as important contributions from guys nobody saw coming.

An honorable hat tip to J.D. Davis whose contributions this year have been important. However, for this list, I want to limit to men who have had fewer than 100 plate appearances thus far. Davis has already reached 150 trips to the plate so he would not qualify.

Instead, I want to put the focus on guys who are still working to carve out a more permanent role with this team. It’s those men who have filled in nicely for the fallen who deserve praise today.

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