“We call ourselves the Bench Mob and we’re always ready to go,” catcher Tomás Nido told reporters back in May. One of the first priorities of new owner Steve Cohen and his front office in the offseason was to improve the depth of the New York Mets. He’s done that.
After signing Kevin Pillar, Jonathan Villar, and Brandon Drury in the offseason, it’s safe to say that each player has performed. Then when you consider prospects and minor league guys such as Travis Blankenhorn, Patrick Mazeika, José Peraza, Luis Guillorme, and Khalil Lee, it’s hard to ignore this team’s success and what has kept them afloat.
Over the weekend, Brandon Drury got it done again and he’s just been so hot as of late. Though when fans recall the “Bench Mob,” they’re usually fond of Patrick Mazeika’s 3 RBI before getting a Major League hit, Khalil Lee’s RBI double that scored the winning run in extra innings, or Tomás Nido’s tie breaking home run against Atlanta back in May.
It’s nice that the Mets added depth, but no one could’ve seen these injuries coming.
Nido has been a very good backstop in reserve for James McCann, who is still the only Mets starter who hasn’t spent any time on the injured list this season. Guillorme, Villar, Drury, and Peraza have held together a solid infield in the absence of JD Davis, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Pete Alonso. Lee, Billy McKinney, and Pillar have bent over backwards to keep the outfield in tact.
There were so many moments that would’ve buried teams without good depth. These are the top “Bench Mob” moments of 2021.