Mark Canha has become the odd man out in a crowded Mets outfield
After going into a contract year as the starting left fielder on a World Series contender, Mark Canha certainty couldn't have predicted that he'd be a bench option on a team in free fall.
Mark Canha's struggles this season have coincided with the rest of the teams poor play as well, as he has regressed heavily from his success last year. With a .245 batting average and a much lower walk rate, Canha hasn't been the reliable option that he was throughout 2022. After focusing on hitting for power in the offseason instead of his normal approach, Canha is still on pace for the same amount of home runs as last season.
One of the biggest reasons Canha is moving down the depth chart is of no fault of his own, but rather the improved play of some of his teammates. Tommy Pham has become one of the hottest hitters on the Mets roster, and his improvements have made him a must start option most nights for the Mets. With Pham occupying left field and Starling Marte playing right for his baserunning skills, Canha has suddenly found himself out of a starting job.
The Mets still need to keep Canha around, as his depth and ability to field multiple positions is essential for this team. He has filled in at first base when Pete Alonso needs a day off, and can play both corner outfield positions if Pham or Starling Marte gets injured. Still, his lack of production at the plate has left Mark Canha as the one on the outside looking in at the rest of the Mets outfield.