Mets imperfection: The catching situation
As much as fans may adore Tomas Nido, he’s not a good enough catcher to start playing every day. This means the Mets are stuck with James McCann behind the plate. It’s not a huge issue when the rest of the team can provide offense. It just doesn’t look good when the best hitting catcher in the state of New York right now might be in Binghamton.
Nido isn’t meant to hit well and any offensive production the Mets get from him should come as a surprise. He was a light-hitter in the minor leagues and outside of a few clutch moments, he remains a catcher we can expect to hit .220 at best.
McCann, on the other hand, has hit well in the recent past. His four-year deal with the club is only in its second year and things don’t look to be getting better. He has regressed back to his Detroit Tigers days or worse. The offensive player he was in two years with the Chicago White Sox has completely disappeared.
It does help the Mets a little bit that they do have the DH each game. However, when that DH is a weak-hitting Cano, there are days when there are two black holes in the starting lineup. Unfortunately, there’s not much the team can do about the catchers.