As much as the New York Mets would plan to win a championship because of their star players, it’s those more minor figures that could end up being equally as important. The 2022 Mets have asked several role players to step up this season. In the playoffs, they might be more useful in specialized situations.
For a deep postseason run, it’s these three role players who can help them go far or stop dead in their tracks.
1) NY Mets know exactly what to do with Terrance Gore
Is there a more purposeful role player in Major League Baseball than Terrance Gore? He is a pinch runner and maybe a guy you’d call upon to finish a game in the field. Aside from that, there isn’t much we can or should expect Gore to offer the Mets.
The Mets already know exactly how it is they will use Gore. Here’s a situation they’re hoping happens often: Daniel Vogelbach leads off the seventh inning with a double. Gore pinch runs for him, steals third base, and scores on a sacrifice fly.
Gore’s deadly speed is a weapon that playoff teams love to have. On the Mets, a team that isn’t exactly the most eager to steal bases, it’s even more valuable.
Gore won’t be able to impact games until late but when he does get those opportunities it could be the difference between a one-run loss or a walk-off victory. He’ll have his hamstrings nice and stretched out for an appearance often. Timing when to put him in the game or when to save him for a little later will be the only internal question Buck Showalter has to debate.