NY Mets: 1 hitter meeting, 1 exceeding, 1 coming up short on expectations
By Tim Boyle
Jonathan Villar is the Mets hitter who has exceeded expectations more than anyone else
The number of games Jonathan Villar has played is certainly the biggest change from what anyone could have predicted. The club’s primary third baseman this year due to lengthy injuries to J.D. Davis, Villar has stepped up in some big ways for the Mets all year long.
Although his numbers aren’t quite eye-popping, Villar has been one of the team’s best answers when a home run is needed. Both a testament to his production and a lack of home runs from the players around him, I would prefer to look at this from a positive perspective.
Villar hasn’t done much more than save the Mets from having a gaping hole in their lineup. I get that we would all prefer to see much more from a third baseman. However, with his ability to also play second base and shortstop, he has proven to be a valuable commodity on the roster. Add in a dozen home runs already, Villar has far exceeded the low expectations he came into the season with.
This is, of course, all a matter of perspective. I knew Villar could give the Mets some quality at-bats and maybe help them survive a lengthy absence. However, with over 300 plate appearances and more games played than nearly everyone else on the team, I’m willing to tip my cap in his direction and say thanks.