Just a few days ago, the New York Mets made a splash when the team traded for former Chicago Cubs star infielder Javier Baez.
He’s one of the best defensive infielders in the game. Unfortunately, he’s just above average from the plate – as evidenced by his career .262 batting average.
His lack of ability at the plate was on full display earlier this afternoon as the Mets faced off against the Miami Marlins. During Thursday afternoon’s game, Baez had five plate appearances and struck out all five times.
“If he doesn’t come up again, Javy Baez will be the first Mets player to go 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts since none other than Dave Kingman on May 28, 1982,” MLB reporter Andrew Simon highlighted.
If he doesn't come up again, Javy Baez will be the first Mets player to go 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts since none other than Dave Kingman on May 28, 1982.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) August 5, 2021
Unfortunately, this isn’t a fluke for Baez. After being traded to New York late last week, the star infielder has struggled from the plate so far.
In six games with the Mets, Baez is batting just .160 and has struck out 10 times in 25 at-bats this week. Thankfully, two of his four hits with the Mets over those six games have been home runs.
It’s been a rough start for Baez in the Big Apple.