Fools will say this is no big deal but I say it is a huge deal.
My question: Why is Dom Smith the DH today?
The Mets’ (foolish) plan is to play Dom Smith out of position all summer. Does it not make sense to get him as many reps under game conditions as possible? Wouldn’t it be wise to get these reps in games that don’t count?
If Dom is not up to standing on grass for two hours on March 4th, then he really had a terrible off-season.
The Mets are OFF tomorrow. Surely Dom can stand in LF and get more experience seeing how the ball leaves the bat.
Do we really need to see Lee AND Ferguson? Can’t one of them come in for Nimmo after two ABs?
This negligence in preparing the team goes back decades. Years ago, the Mets were toying with the idea of playing Mike Piazza at 1B. Did they use the entire spring to get Mike some reps at 1B? He could have gotten 30 games in. Nope, they barely tried him there. And the experiment failed.
Today Dom will sit on the bench and watch other guys field.
I openly question if Luis Rojas is the right man to manage this team.
Last year, he was spotted the Cy Young and a guy who had hit 53 HRs. All he had to do to make an 8 team playoffs was win 29 games like the Brewers did. 29 of 60. The Mets of course failed – and very much overlooked WERE A LAST PLACE TEAM.
How is any of this acceptable, Steve?
Will the beat question the lineup? Of course not. Luis is a nice guy who is friendly with them. And that relationship lasts until – like the previous manager – you lose your cool one time and yell at someone in the hallway. Then you get run out of town. (Unless there were other reasons – and if so, who knew, when did they know, who did they tell and how did that person react – all questions that go unasked and unanswered.)
Why is Dom Smith the DH? Because the Mets are losers.