I really enjoyed reading Ken Davidoff’s column on Newsday this morning.
Unlike the last few seasons, Davidoff points out that this year the Mets have gotten some solid contributions from their roster depth when players have gotten hurt or landed on the DL.
Jason Pridie is one such player that has been a pleasant surprise to say the least.
The 27-year-old, filling in for Angel Pagan as the Mets’ primary centerfielder, has been alerting the rest of Major League Baseball of his existence these past couple of weeks. Saturday night, he helped the Mets clinch this Bankruptcy Bowl series against the Dodgers, contributing a double, two singles and a sacrifice bunt to the Mets’ 4-2 victory at Citi Field. Pridie exemplifies what these Mets must have going for them if they are to have any chance of staying in the race. They need roster depth. When given the opportunity, players must perform as if the whole league is watching them.
Pridie isn’t the only one of course, Jason Isringhausen has done okay as a replacement for Blaine Boyer, but let’s not forget Justin Turner who has fit in like a glove and had the game-winning hit in last night’s win over the Dodgers.
The best performance in a pinch has got to be Dillon Gee, who we can safely say has been the Mets most reliable starter and pitched a heck of a gutsy game last night on short notice.
The rookie right-hander allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, stranding nine men on base and holding the Dodgers to one hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
As a starter, Gee is 2-0 in three starts with a 2.65 ERA, not bad for pulling a rabbit out of you hat.
Gee has shown enough to warrant remaining on the team and even in the rotation. I love his moxie.
Jason Pride will certainly force the Mets to make a significant cut when Angel Pagan does return. He went from roster depth in the minors to a player now assured of a spot on the 25 man roster. Well at least I hope it’s assured.
Justin Turner, at least for now, is not going anywhere and is proving to be a nice addition to the bench, and one who can come up with a hit in a key situation.