Mets third base situation not looking any better, despite front office optimism

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This time of year excites baseball fans as Spring training ends. The New York Mets open up their regular season on March 28th against the Milwaukee Brewers, and we have had a solid sample size of who will make the opening day roster based on players' performances.

Some performances shouldn't worry fans, like Francisco Lindor batting .167 this spring or Brandon Nimmo batting .200 until recently. We know what their core star players will do during the season. Still, others might have fans concerned going into opening day.

Brett Baty and Mark Vientos aren't getting fans excited based on their spring training performances

Mets President of Baseball Operations David Stearns has clarified that they plan to play the young guys to see what they have going forward, highlighting the third base position. It feels like the Mets have been looking for a consistent third baseman since David Wright, and in many fans' eyes, that player isn't on the roster.

That can change if Brett Baty and Mark Vientos show improvement, but based on what they did last year and what they have done this spring, fans aren't getting their hopes up. Baty is hitting .244 this spring after a very slow start out of the gate, and Vientos is only hitting .204. While Vientos has shown the power, this spring hitting 4 HR so far. The lineup won't be able to withstand someone hitting around .200.

While most fans might say Baty has more upside, he has not shown it in the big leagues yet after hitting a putrid .212 last season while also having fielding troubles. Whether fans like it or not, this season at third base will be about the young guys. No matter how good or bad they are doing, the Mets will let them play and show what they can or cannot do. This season will be interesting, to say the least, and their success, if they have it, will be heavy based on the production they get out of third base.