2) Forgotten NY Mets player: R.J. Alvarez
While Inciarte was able to insert himself into almost a dozen games, pitcher R.J. Alvarez only received one appearance. Take a night off from the Mets and you may have missed him surrender 3 earned runs in 2.1 innings of work.
A veteran minor league signing by the team in the offseason, Alvarez was never meant to be anything more than depth. He hadn’t even pitched in a major league game since 2015 but received his chance on August 16 against the Atlanta Braves.
Following an early exit from Taijuan Walker, Buck Showalter called upon him to try and keep things scoreless. It wasn’t the wisest of choices as he would take the loss.
3) Forgotten NY Mets player: Sam Clay
Sam Clay is another one of those pitchers the Mets called upon for a game this season. After making his debut last year and getting in a few more innings with the Washington Nationals again in 2022, he ended up as a summer waiver claim by New York from the Philadelphia Phillies who had only taken him from D.C. a few days earlier.
It was on August 20, against the Phillies, that Clay would toss a scoreless ninth inning in the 8-2 victory for New York.
Every year has a couple of players like Clay come through. That one appearance ensured he’ll be eligible for a World Series ring if the Mets are able to pull it off.