First things first: E. Escobar. Ever since Escobar came to the Twins, his defense has been an asset. Coming to the Mets is a bigger upgrade than just the fact he’s a solid hitter. He’s expected to help shut down the opposing team’s hottest hitter, and the Mets are in need of that as they fight for a playoff spot. He’s batting .263 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI this season. On the other hand, he only has five stolen bases. Still, there’s nothing to detract from the fact that he’s a solid hitter who can help get those extra runs.
You could also just argue that what Escobar didn’t do for the Twins this season will help him out with his new team. In their middle infield, the Mets have a better shortstop in Amed Rosario. While, some Twins fans are getting antsy, they could possibly see Rosario hitting between the third and sixth spots in the lineup next season. That would certainly benefit Escobar, who is batting sixth right now.
Now on to the other new players. Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar were each acquired along with Sonny Gray, Michael Fulmer and Ben Gamel. In addition to those four, the Mets are getting relief pitcher, Bobby Wahl. They also acquired Lee Hutton from the Oakland Athletics, freeing up cash to make these deals possible.
As the losing continues, it’s refreshing to see some different names and numbers on the Mets’ roster. Now, as the Mets are hoping to break out of their .500 mess this year, there is a chance they can do it. No matter what, we can enjoy the new faces with hopes that they help in their old faces’ situations.
You can see exactly how the Mets offense looks at 11:30am/ET when they take on the Nationals in the finale of the weekend series.