3) NY Mets have a diverse roster and a manager who knows how to use it
…it’s how you use it that matters most. This is especially true for any MLB roster. Buck Showalter up against any skipper in a chess match game of baseball has a chance to come out on top.
But a manager is also only as good as his tools. And Showalter, thanks to an active front office, has some good ones.
The Mets do lack star power in the lineup. They make up for it with role players like Daniel Vogelbach who can get plugged into any situation versus a right-handed pitcher. The same is true for Darin Ruf who is capable of feasting on lefties.
After the trade deadline, the Mets became much more of a platoon team. Even now dealing with injury losses of Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme, we should see them remain diverse with how they use their players. This could even extend to the pitching staff with how they choose to use Trevor Williams, David Peterson, and Tylor Megill.
The Mets definitely don’t have the deepest or the best roster in baseball right now. The bullpen is suspect sometimes. In the wrong situations, several of their hitters will show their weaknesses.
Trust in Buck is what makes the difference. He knows this team better than anyone.