1. The DH position will finally be a plus for the New York Mets
When the 2022 season ended, the designated hitter position for the Mets continued to be a puzzle with too many pieces that just didn’t seem to fit.
In all, the DH position posted a minus-1.1 bWAR this season, ranking 19th among MLB teams. Catcher (minus-1.7) was the only position for the Mets that fared worse this season than DH.
However, that was then. In the postseason, Daniel Vogelbach will show that he is the man who can bring a boost to the DH slot in the batting order.
Vogelbach, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 22, has slashed .255/.393/.436 with six homers and 25 RBI in a Mets uniform. Those numbers, however, include a .217/.342/.464 slash line in 82 August plate appearances.
However, September has been a different story, especially in games of late. Vogelbach is 12-for-38 (.316) in his last 15 games and has a pair of homers during that stretch as well.
Top prospect Francisco Alvarez may draw plenty of attention and seem to be an answer at DH, but he’s just 2-for-12 since his call-up. Knowing that and that it’s the postseason, look for the Mets to turn to Vogelbach at DH and he will reward them by continuing his recent productivity at the plate.