Until the rehab assignments for guys like Brandon Nimmo end, the New York Mets will need Juan Lagares to step up. Even thereafter, can they trust him to contribute?
Juan Lagares has been on a bit of an offensive tear lately, but it is still up in the air if the New York Mets can rely on him for the rest of 2019. The Mets have been through this before with Lagares because he is someone who isn’t known for his offense whatsoever.
The first half of the season for Lagares wasn’t pretty and he produced little to nothing with his bat. His offensive struggles carried over to the field and his defense was nowhere close to the Gold Glove center fielder we know.
Minus a bat and glove, what purpose could he possibly serve?
Coming out of the second half, Lagares has put together a couple of multi-hit games and his defense has been at Gold Glove level. However, the Mets can’t expect this to last the rest of the season. They just called up Rajai Davis, who can produce more offense than Lagares and the Mets should also get Brandon Nimmo back very soon.
Once Nimmo returns, Lagares will return to the bench. From there, he can help the Mets in a big way if he can come off the bench to produce a hit. If he can come into games late for defensive purposes, he could give them even more. Lagares’ best purpose on this team is to lengthen the bench and show the opponent he still has something left to contribute.
Lagares has done a good job with Jeff McNeil out. At times, he has risen to the occasion, but he hasn’t been able to do it for a long period of time. Lagares has just caught fire at the right time, but he will cool down as he always does.
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We’ve been fooled by performances like this one before. In Lagares’ case, it’s only a matter of time before the ice begins to form around his bat.