2) NY Mets fans have every right to doubt Tommy Pham’s production
Tommy Pham has not taken the world by storm for the Mets this spring. As little as spring training statistics matter, with Pham we all would’ve liked to see a little bit more.
Through 13 spring games, Pham is 5 for 33. He’s slashing .152/.282/.182 with 10 strikeouts and only a single RBI. Did the Mets buy an overcooked veteran? Fortunately, everything resets back to zero in less than two weeks.
Pham is coming off of a .236/.312/.374 performance with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox. He was almost equal with both teams with a slightly better output with the Reds. Pham did manage to mash 17 home runs. In a part-time role with the 2023 Mets, it’s not going to make or break their year.
It’s obvious where Pham fits into the equation. He’s a fourth outfielder and should get his share of at-bats as a DH against left-handed pitchers. If we end up seeing him more than this, the team could be in some trouble. Pham has been on the decline for several years. Only his decent power numbers have been maintained.
The Mets are paying Pham $6 million this season to be the backup outfielder and veteran option to face southpaws in place of Daniel Vogelbach. A bad spring shouldn’t have us panicking. It can raise some early doubts.