September is a good month to heat up when you’re postseason-bound. The New York Mets will see themselves in this year’s playoffs with a lineup that might in fact be fully prepared.
In September, many of the team’s top hitters have stayed productive even in the prolonged absence of an important piece like Starling Marte. It’s these three hitters who have started to hit more in September and have earned our trust either fully or just a little bit more.
NY Mets catcher Tomas Nido is winning the full-time catcher role
In 44 at-bats, Tomas Nido has 15 hits. Two of them are home runs and he’s carrying with him a .341/.348/.568 slash line into the series against the Miami Marlins. Nido’s overall season numbers are looking much better thanks to this productive month. While we will probably still see James McCann somewhat regularly, Nido is pulling away from the expected starting catcher and could see his playing time increase even more if his bat continues to produce.
NY Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar is removing all doubts
September has been kind to Eduardo Escobar. This month, he’s slashing .329/.383/.635. He has 7 home runs which is second to only Pete Alonso. Getting him to hit for power is important. For most of 2022, Escobar has been one of the more consistent holes in the lineup. Having him as a more consistent home run threat turns the Mets lineup into a far more dangerous one.
NY Mets DH Daniel Vogelbach is back on track
There was a point when Daniel Vogelbach was beginning to slump. However, he seems to have turned things around for the better. September’s numbers include a .261/.424/.370 slash line. He has gone yard just once but the regular walks help to clog up the bases and tire out the opposing pitchers. Vogelbach’s biggest weakness remains the inability to hit against lefties—not that the Mets have any intention of allowing him regular at-bats in those situations.