There has been talk about adding the Designated Hitter to the National League for years now. There were always reports the DH was making progress in the NL but every year opening day would come and the pitchers would step up to the plate.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on December 1, 2016, and it is believed that the DH expansion to the NL will be looked at by the owners.
The Players Association has always been in favor of the DH. It lets pitchers focus on one job and reduce their risk of injury.
The DH will also create higher-salaried jobs for hitters. According to the St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak, the NL adding the DH is “gaining momentum.”
There are fans who want to see the DH because it will generate more runs and there are people who want to keep the tradition because it requires more strategy in the game. There are arguments for both sides but there’s no argument that it will take away a huge advantage the Mets have.
According to Stats, LLC, pitchers had a .132 batting average in 2015 and an OPS of .329. The Mets hitters are much better than the average and give the Mets a big leg up on the competition a majority of the time.
Matt Harvey was the worst of the staff with a .108 average and .292 OPS though he did hit a home run.The Mets fans favorite hitter
The next 3 pitchers give the Mets a distinct advantage.
Matz only had 14 at bats but that’s all it took to see he is comfortable at the plate and takes good enough cuts to be a well above average hitting pitcher. He hit 286 with a .643 OPS.deGrom and Syndergaard had a much larger sample size and some great results.
deGrom and Syndergaard had a much larger sample size and some great results. Jacob deGrom hit .186 and posted an OPS of .429. Thor swung the bat the best of the pitchers last year and hit .209 and had a .530 OPS.
When most pitchers come up to the plate they are either going to try to sacrifice a guy over or they are going to look for a walk. So in most of these situations, the pitcher just grooves fastballs right down the middle. With the Mets it’s not that easy. Opposing pitchers have to actually treat them like normal batters.
Try to hit corners and mix in off-speed stuff to keep the Mets pitchers guessing at the plate. When the Mets pitchers were dominating on the mound deep into the game it made it easier to justify Terry’s decisions to keep them in the game and not pinch hit for them because they are capable of getting in good swings at the plate.
The introduction of the DH to the NL (if and when it happens) will take a very advantageous situation away from the Mets.
Mets pitchers were more likely to pitch deeper into close games than opponents because they were more likely to be trusted getting up to bat. Mets opponents almost always had inferior hitting pitchers so they would pinch hit for their pitchers and it would allow the Mets to get to the opposing teams bullpen earlier.
The baseball world might be leaning more and more towards expanding the DH to the NL, but the Mets and their fans should hope it’s delayed as long as possible while they have this pitching staff.