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NY Mets: Three early surprises from the 2020 season so far

BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets warms up before a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 28, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets warms up before a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 28, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 29: Andres Gimenez #60 of the New York Mets celebrates after hittinga RBI triple in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on July 29, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Andres Gimenez was more than big league ready

Let’s end this on a positive note. Andres Gimenez is playing in nearly every game for the Mets this year, often coming in late as a defensive replacement. He is also cycling through the infield and starting a few games, taking over on a role I thought belonged to Luis Guillorme.

Gimenez hasn’t experienced those rookie jitters just yet. In 13 plate appearances, he’s slashing .308/.308/.462 with his first career triple and stolen base out of the way.

With rookies, one number I often look at is the strikeout totals. Gimenez has fanned once which is a positive early sign. He’s not a home run hitter and will benefit most from being able to put the ball in play. He has done that and more all the while showing he belongs in the big leagues.

Gimenez may not be quite ready to start every day. That’s not a concern because there really isn’t anywhere for him to fit in. Cano is hitting and it’s far too soon to give him regular at-bats Amed Rosario would otherwise receive.

It’s looking like the Mets will deploy Gimenez as a super-utility infielder whose primary purpose will be to supply them with some more stable defense. I suspect we’ll also watch him get some pinch-running opportunities. If he continues to hit, he may even become an option in that role.

I wrongfully believed this year wouldn’t include many, if any, Mets rookies on the roster. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Gimenez is playing regularly, David Peterson is in the rotation, and even Franklyn Kilome has made his MLB debut.

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The 2020 season will continue to give us surprises—good and bad. One thing I’m not surprised about is how Jacob deGrom’s starts ended with a no-decision.

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