3) NY Mets shouldn’t hesitate to use Luis Guillorme often
Luis Guillorme might not see his name written on too many lineup cards to begin the game as long as everyone else healthy. The team’s fifth infielder has been quite spectacular for them in his role during the regular season. We can credit Jeff McNeil for the success as well. Because McNeil can play the outfield, Guillorme is an easy choice to start on the infield in his place.
It seems we could see a lot more of Guillorme in the postseason. In certain pinch hitting situations, he could be useful. Because the Mets won’t want someone like Gore going anywhere near a bat and they won’t want to waste a backup catcher, Guillorme could end up with some major plate appearances.
What has made Guillorme successful in the major leagues is his plate discipline. He’s no longer just “that guy who caught that bat with his barehands in spring training.” Guillorme’s reputation as a slick-fielder remains. However, he has grown into so much more.
After Gore pinch runs, maybe even for someone like Pete Alonso, it’s Guillorme who could enter the game. It’s not often that a backup infielder is as highly regarded as Guillorme is for this year’s Mets team. The ability to provide them with defensive security at three positions and provide flexibility for others is tremendous. Just knowing what he can do is important enough before actually being able to do it.