NY Mets third baseman Brett Baty has gone cold at the plate
Maybe Brett Baty wasn’t quite ready? He’s one of the guys slumping over the last 30 days worse than Lindor. Baty is 14 for 81 over this stretch which gives him a .173/.253/.284 slash line. Only the .146/.293/.229 they’ve gotten out of Daniel Vogelbach compares.
Baty’s season totals aren’t even all that impressive anymore. Now a .227/.301/.367 hitter on the year with 36 strikeouts in his first 39 games, his slash line numbers with one exception are now below what Eduardo Escobar has produced at .234/.277/.415. While Escobar has thrived with the more limited playing time, Baty is getting exposed.
An effective and monstrous Baty at the plate gives the Mets lineup so much more depth. He’d be the missing power hitter they needed on Opening Day. Instead, with Baty now joining so many of his teammates with some less-than-impressive totals, he’s giving birth to some new doubts about whether or not he can handle the everyday third base job.
The Mets can continue to throw him out on the field nearly every game or begin to hand a few of those starts back to Escobar. If they’re going to keep both on the roster, riding the hot bat has its benefits.
Baty could have helped save the Mets from needing to buy a bat at the trade deadline. Due to his slump, they may need to get some reinforcements.