Overreacting to these 3 spring training Mets performances
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets spring training ended on Sunday and we’ve kind of just been hanging out ever since waiting for Opening Day on Thursday. As we digest statistics from the last few weeks that will all go back to zero, many of us have gotten caught up in overreacting to the month of exhibition games and the personal results of each player.
Overreactions from fans and me have a love/hate relationship. The irrational aspect is mind-numbing. The humanization of getting too excited or angry over something that doesn’t matter is too interesting to ignore.
Sifting through the ashes of Mets spring training statistics and checking in on what fans are saying on social media, these are some of the overreactions many of us have had in recent days.
1) NY Mets spring training overreaction: Tomas Nido will have a big year at the plate
We should know better than to believe Tomas Nido is about to have a huge year at the plate. The veteran catcher who has been a serviceable backup and even a successful starter for most of last season, his offensive performance this spring has some thinking he’s about to embark on a huge year at the plate.
Nido slashed .359/.375/.667 with 3 home runs for the Mets this spring. It was a terrific start to his 2023 campaign except we’re all going to forget about it very soon.
Nido is a lifetime .220/.257/.323 hitter who provided the club with a .239/.276/.324 performance last year. The season included 98 games and 313 plate appearances. Both were close to double his previous career highs.
Smashing 3 home runs in the spring could hint at a slight uptick in power from Nido this year, but it could also mean nothing. I’m going to go with the latter. Nido is an occasional clutch hitter with some pop. He’s not about to do an impression of Mike Piazza.