Mets’ manager Buck Showalter is excited about having the DH spot at his disposal

Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets manager talked to the media this week and left us many headlines. The new skipper is tasked with getting the improved Mets into the playoffs and make some noise once there.

First, he praised Mets’ general manager Billy Eppler for being “on point with everything.”

“Billy’s got a lot of things on speed dial,” he said, per SNY. “He’s got so many balls in the air right now … I think Billy’s looking forward to turning to that part of the job. He’s got it wired. He’s on point with everything.”

Speaking about the Mets’ outfield, the most likely starters will be Starling Marte, Mark Canha (two newcomers) and Brandon Nimmo. Showalter said, however, that Eppler and him may still consider adding a name or two.

“I’ll leave that with Billy, but it’s something we’ve talked about – where we are,” Showalter said. “We’re on the same page with everything where that’s concerned. It’s an area that we’re examining, see if we’re comfortable with it. We’re always gonna look within first … That’s one of the many things that Billy’s examining, and I believe he’s gonna be on top of it.”

The Mets’ skipper likes the universal DH rule

Then, Showalter discussed the universal designated hitter rule and how it can benefit the Mets.

“The way we’ve constructed [the roster], it should [be an advantage] on paper,” he said. “Years past, maybe it was an advantage not to have one the way the club was constructed.

“But the way it looks like we are gonna be, I think it’ll fit us better. I was pulling for it for a lot of reason. I think fans, just the game itself. But for us, selfishly, I think it fits better. I could tell you who, but I’d get in trouble.”

With the universal DH, the Mets can include Dominic Smith, JD Davis, and Robinson Cano there, depending on the defensive alignment, who is on the mound, and who is producing at the time.