3 Mets overreactions from opening day weekend
NY Mets Overreaction #2: Eduardo Escobar is already losing his grasp of the starting 3B position
To the dismay of many Mets fans, Brett Baty did not make the New York Mets Opening Day roster. Instead, Eduardo Escobar retained his hold on the starting position for the start of the season. Going into Miami, Escobar had a great opportunity to prove to Mets staff and fans alike that he can be the starting third baseball of a World Series contender, despite Baty looming in the minor leagues.
To say that Escobar's opening weekend was a disaster would be an understatement. In 16 at bats, Escobar only mustered one hit, a single against Tanner Scott on Opening Day. He didn't find his way on base at all during the remaining four games, which included a staggering seven strikeouts. Going into Milwaukee, Escobar's batting average is a horrific .063.
Meanwhile, Baty had a fantastic opening weekend for the Syracuse Mets, hitting .357 over the weekend. He had a monstrous game this past Saturday, going 4-5 with a grand slam in a Syracuse victory. He is showing all the flashes of an MLB ready player, and may already have the front office reconsidering their decision to demote him.
Mets fans are not known for their patience, and will turn on Escobar unless he bounces back. The same can be said for the front office; Steve Cohen has shown with his wallet that he is serious about winning, and having a weak link in the lineup won't sit well with him. If he continues to struggle, it might be sooner than we think before Brett Baty is the starting third baseman for the New York Mets.