1 Mets player who should play more, 1 who should play less, 1 to consider demoting

Who is earning more playing time and who should be between the lines less?
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The 2024 New York Mets have a habit of using the entire roster. It’s not such a bad plan. Not everyone can be the Atlanta Braves where the players are literally everyday options. We may be seeing the downside to that as players on their roster battle through injuries and season-long slumps.

The Mets perform as a more complete team with regular platoons or at least schedule off-days for the starters. It has helped keep several injury-prone players healthy and might even be a contributing factor in making some guys more productive.

In either case, the Mets have shown their cards as a team that’ll use every player if they must. Based on the recent performances, we can find one player who deserves more time on the field, who should play less, and a third the team might want to think about demoting.

The Mets don’t need to sit Harrison Bader as much as they do

Harrison Bader is the starting center fielder for the Mets and yet he seems to find his way to the bench regularly. It’s understandable why. His history of getting hurt should have the Mets proceeding cautiously with him.

However, in recent weeks, the other outfielders have struggled to justify a spot in the starting lineup. A case could even be made that Bader would benefit from more regular at-bats. It can’t be easy to get hot then sit the next day.

Tyrone Taylor is proving to be nothing more than a backup outfielder. While terrific for what he has to offer, there are only a handful of instances when he should play over Bader. Both are right-handed hitters so there isn’t much of a platoon to think about.

Bader has been one of the team’s steadiest hitters, now batting .271 on the season. Despite being thought of as a guy who hits lefties well and not righties, he has a .300 batting average in 140 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers versus just .224 against southpaws.

As a converted Baderhater to a Baderliever, this guy has earned every opportunity to patrol center field as much as possible for the Mets. A day off once a week is enough to keep him fresh.