Mets bench mob graduate could be headed to the All-Star Game

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Who was your favorite member of the 2021 New York Mets bench mob? If you answered Brandon Drury, you may have noticed how well he has played for the Cincinnati Reds this year.

Drury received 88 plate appearances for the Mets last season and rebuilt his stock as a useful utility player. He batted .274/.307/.476 for the club while playing all over the field. This season, he is getting regular innings at second base and third base for the Reds. His bat has been alive and well all season long to the point where he could be the team’s lone representative at the 2022 All-Star Game.

Where other former Mets are struggling, Drury is excelling.

Mets bench mob graduate Brandon Drury could represent the Reds at the 2022 All-Star Game

Through 222 trips to the plate with the Reds, Drury has hit .270/.338/.520. He has 13 home runs and 34 RBI to go along with it. An emerging trade candidate, he has more dingers than anyone else on the Cincinnati roster and is second to only Kyle Farmer in RBI.

Leading the Reds in any statistic this year isn’t exactly a huge accomplishment. They’ve had a huge number of injuries. Drury has the second-most number of plate appearances for the team—second to only noted fantasy football rule keeper, Tommy Pham.

Drury is an easy candidate to represent the Reds at this year’s All-Star Game with numbers like this. With every team still needing someone to participate in the game, will we see this former Mets bench player be the one called upon for the job?

Mets fans can scratch their heads a little more at the performance from two other ex-members of the team and how they are performing. Matt Reynolds is the starting second baseman for the Reds now hitting .270/.333/.393 after 135 plate appearances. Another bench mob member from 2021, Albert Almora, is batting .290/.308/.410 for the team after 105 opportunities.

One might think that with such obscure players performing well that the Reds would be a much better team. The diagnosis, however, is much bleaker. Those three have been some of the team’s best hitters all year. It’s precisely the problem for Cincinnati. When former backups for the Mets are your best performers at the plate, it’s going to be tough to win games.

Nevertheless, we can look on in awe at what Drury has done this year. A minor role player briefly for last year’s Mets team, the bench mob is well-represented in a new city this year.

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