The New York Mets still have a few games to finish off in the first half of the 2022 schedule but we have certainly seen enough to know who we should lower or raise our expectations for.
A guy like Pete Alonso has lived up to the exact expectations we had. He’s hitting for power, producing runs with regular hits, and looking much like the slugger we have seen each year since his 2019 debut.
These three others Mets, however, are playing better than I think most people expected them to. Or at least they’re doing things well that few believed they could.
NY Mets infielder Luis Guillorme has raised our expectations
Luis Guillorme isn’t just a nice fielder anymore. He can hit, too. While he is rarely going to lean into one and award a fan in the bleachers with a souvenir, Guillorme has developed into an old-school style of hitter. He makes good contact, draws walks as regularly as he strikes out, and hits the ball wherever it is pitched.
In the absence of any infielder, Guillorme has stepped up big over the last two years. We have seen him take over for Francisco Lindor at shortstop, Jeff McNeil at second base, and replaced Eduardo Escobar at third base. He remains a wizard with the glove. And while he does make errors occasionally, he also seems to get himself involved in many highlight reels, too.
Guillorme is exactly what you’d want on your team as a fifth infielder. Building a roster with him as an everyday starter might not be ideal. However, if someone gets hurt on your infield, he is a more than suitable long-term replacement.
Consider the bar for Guillorme raised high enough where you may prefer to crawl under it than climb over it.