It is hard to believe that in just two weeks, the New York Mets will be playing in their first Spring Training Game of the season. That means we are starting to get a glimpse of what this Mets roster and lineup may end up looking like with the season coming up.
The Mets are looking to rebound after a 75-win season under first-year manager Carlos Mendoza and this team is still filled with many talented players. Despite having the likes of Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Kodai Senga and Edwin Diaz on this team, the Mets still have some issues to address, especially at third base. After losing young star Ronny Mauricio in the Winter Leagues to a torn ACL, the Mets third base position seems pretty thin. Despite having the young and upcoming players of Brett Baty and Mark Vientos capable of playing at the hot corner, the backup spot at third base does not seem ideal.
Why the Mets don't have a good enough backup plan at third base
Besides the starting rotation for the Mets being a little iffy as of right now and questions with the designated hitting spot as well, third base seems like a problem for the Amazins. If Opening Day begins today, it seems very likely that Baty will be the Mets third base starter and after the year he had last season, I don't think Mets fans would be too thrilled by that move.
Baty only batted .212 last season with just nine home runs and 34 RBI and struck out an alarming 109 times. Also, Baty had 10 errors with one of the errors most notably being him dropping a routine pop-up against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 15. That can't continue. So the question is, who else can fit that spot?
Even though the Mets have Vientos who did play at third base for parts of the season last year, it is looking like he could be the Mets DH come Opening Day. That's why the Mets backup position at third base is a problem because quite simply, they don't have a backup at third base who can carry the full load. Sure, you can slide Vientos there every now and then, but his defense is also very questionable as well. For the longest, the Mets hot corner position was the most consistent position on their roster, now they're more questions than answers for the Mets at this spot, especially for a backup spot. The Mets need a solid and veteran third baseman to help the Mets with this hole they have.