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Mets Predictions: 3 preseason expectations I was completely wrong about

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kevin Pillar #11 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 08, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets bench will help the team produce runs

I was high as a kite on the Mets bench this winter. Jonathan Villar and Luis Guillorme as the infielders looked great! The combination of Albert Almora and Kevin Pillar in the outfield gave the team exactly what they needed. Although I’m not a huge Tomas Nido fan, I understood what he could bring to the team defensively so I didn’t complain much.

Of all the predictions for the Mets I got wrong, this is the one I was further from the truth on. Villar has hit well (at times) and Guillorme has done even better. The other three have been miserable at the plate.

Pillar is by far the biggest disappointment on the bench. One of the club’s primary pinch-hitters and even the guy who got first hacks to begin the year, he has been atrocious at the plate. Is it his move from the starting lineup to a reserve player hurting him? The same thing could be said about Villar, a man used to playing every day.

I can’t make an excuse for them or anyone else within this offense. I can only blame myself for thinking beyond the starting eight, things looked well.

A handful of at-bats doesn’t tell the whole tale of a season. I’m not as stupid as I look.

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This doesn’t stop me from frantically looking for the backspace button in my mind wishing I hadn’t predicted much better things from the bench this year.

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