3 Mets players who could draw the ire of fans at Darin Ruf levels
By Tim Boyle
When Jerry Gergich left the Parks Department, everyone looked around to find out who would be “the new Jerry.” If you’re unfamiliar with Pawnee, Indiana politics, Jerry was the proverbial punching bag within the organization. From a New York Mets point of view, he was their Darin Ruf.
Ruf was designated for assignment this week and there is no longer a singular player fans are united in being unhappy with. This could always change. Once games are played, any of these three look ready to draw the same kind of ire from fans that Ruf instilled in us for months.
1) NY Mets outfielder Tommy Pham looks most likely to anger the fans
Tommy Pham is essentially taking over many of the at-bats Ruf would’ve otherwise received. A right-handed outfielder with far more flexibility on defense than Ruf, he’s a far better fit for the Mets thanks to his ability to play all three outfield positions.
Beyond this, there are plenty of reasons to doubt him.
Pham is coming off of what could be considered a down year or the norm for him at this point. He was brought in to annihilate left-handed pitchers. An underwhelming .156/.255/.178 spring in 51 trips to the plate has some doubting he was the best choice for the ball club even if all he does is play part-time and in spots where he should have an advantage.
Versus lefties last year, Pham was a .273/.338/.446 hitter in 154 trips to the plate. It’s acceptable for a part-timer. The downside is it’s not quite enough from the DH spot.
Pham is signed to only a one-year deal and at $6 million, the Mets shouldn’t be afraid to DFA him later on this year if things don’t work out.