One game of going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts shouldn’t be enough to determine someone’s fate. It’s more accumulative, though. Daniel Vogelbach has been the least popular New York Mets player for weeks now. Even Tommy Pham has had his moments. In a reduced role, Eduardo Escobar has been much better.
It has now become impossible to justify putting Vogelbach in the Mets starting lineup. And if he’s not starting regularly, what purpose does he serve? The universal DH makes the need for pinch hitters like him unnecessary. The Mets could only ever use him to pinch hit for a righty late in a game and if it's not the ninth inning or the game continues on, it might require a secondary move.
NY Mets DH Daniel Vogelbach has officially worn out his welcome
Vogelbach is 2 for his last 24 with a double. Cold streaks like this are bound to happen for anyone. The difference is most players will at least save a run with their glove or leg out a first to third in the rare instance they do get on base.
Not Vogelbach. He’s all bat and his Louisville Slugger has a big hole in the middle of it.
It has now been a month since Vogelbach hit a home run. A May 7 solo shot against the Colorado Rockies in a 13-6 loss for the Mets was it. After driving in himself on May 7, Vogelbach didn’t have another RBI until June 3 when he drove in the lone run for the Mets in their 2-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend.
The justification for continuing to start Vogelbach makes more sense than actually having him on the roster. The Mets want to be sure giving up on him is the right choice. He’s doing a great job of proving they can move on. Now slashing .209/.345/.304 on the season, he’s a burden on the roster and rarely the best option for them in the starting lineup as the club’s DH. Mark Vientos needs to start every game possible now. The decision on Vogelbach is obvious. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out if Vientos can be a solution.
As far as replacements in the minors go, the Mets don’t have any secret weapon. Ronny Mauricio is the prospect. Luis Guillorme is the returning veteran and he doesn't move the needle. Danny Mendick, the veteran utility man the team signed this offseason, has hit .246/.339/.336 in Triple-A this year through his first 251 plate appearances. A better offensive player than Guillorme in some regards, Mendick won’t make a big enough difference if Vientos or anyone else they plug in as the DH underperforms.
The Mets have already DFA’d Gary Sanchez and Tomas Nido in the last few weeks. Vogelbach should be an easy choice. We can theorize he’s getting a longer leash because of Billy Eppler trying to save the trade for him from becoming a complete disaster. At this point, it’s painting a house with a busted roof and sunken foundation.