In a stunning turn of events, the New York Mets decided to promote Francisco Alvarez just ahead of their series against the Atlanta Braves. It was a long time coming. They delayed the promotion of Mark Vientos by at least a month and a half. Alvarez, if they had any serious intention of calling him up to the big leagues this year, should have been promoted at least a few weeks earlier.
We’re not here to criticize the Mets for what was ultimately a wise decision. That’s because each and every one of us is rooting for the same thing.
We all want Alvarez to solve the issue plaguing the Mets starting lineup. The open spot at the DH role whenever the Mets face a lefty needs to be resolved and it’s Alvarez who is their Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Francisco Alvarez is the last hope for the Mets to solve their DH issue
The Mets bought into the idea that Daniel Vogelbach paired with a right-handed hitter was the best solution at the DH spot. They chose Darin Ruf, a veteran struggling this year but with a nice history versus lefties, as his partner in the role. We don’t need to tell you how poorly this has gone. Javier Baez could personally come to our homes and give us a thumbs down and we’d still enjoy his stay with the Mets more than what Ruf has offered.
Alvarez made it a part of his mission to reach the big leagues this year and with only six games left on the schedule, he did it! But getting to the destination is only half of the battle. Now he needs to win a spot on the team’s playoff roster.
Compared to his counterparts of Ruf and Mark Vientos, it won’t take much for Alvarez to actually earn his way onto the Mets postseason roster. Competitive at-bats is all it would take to outshine the other options the Mets have from the right side of the plate.
The hero we need, at the last moment we need him, Mets fans are united in their excitement for Alvarez to crush some southpaws.