Earlier today, the Mets recalled and activated Michael Conforto back to the Major Leagues. Since the acquisition of Jay Bruce before the deadline, Conforto has not had the opportunity to play. Since Bruce is a right fielder, Granderson was pushed to center and Cespedes has been playing left, leaving Conforto with nowhere to play other than the minors.
Conforto being called up is a strategic move for the Mets. They could use another bat for their postseason push, even though the offense has looked its best recently. Scooter, as he is called by Noah Syndergaard, had great success during last years World Series run. In his rookie season, he showed that nerves aren’t an issue for him in big moments. He even had great success against the league’s toughest and most proven pitchers. During the series against the Dodgers last season, Conforto hit home runs against both Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, thus proving that he’s ready for big moments.
Even with all of his success last season, it hasn’t been as easy for Michael this season. Throughout his time in the big leagues this year he has been very inconsistent. This inconsistency resulting in a couple trips back down to the minors. However, this seems to be his last change of the season as the Mets want him to be a part of their final push.
A few weeks ago, the Mets were struggling and the postseason didn’t look like it was on the horizon. However, with this recent success, the Mets find themselves just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. So, once again, the chance for a second straight postseason appearance is in clear sight. With this tight race coming down to the wire, the Mets could surely use every asset they have. Even if Conforto doesn’t secure a starting spot on the roster, he can surely be a valuable piece off the bench: a powerful batter from the left side of the plate. Michael Conforto, or Scooter if you prefer, welcome back to the Majors.
Writer: Brendan Carpenter