Eric Young Jr. is batting .147 with a .216 OBP and one extra base hit in his last 16 games (dating back to July 4), which includes seven starts. In the same time frame, Chris Young is hitting .244, during which he’s started 11 times, and has five extra base hits.
Eric Campbell, on the other hand, is batting .360 with a .448 OBP, in just five starts.
Matthew Cerrone: I don’t understand why the Mets refuse to just play Campbell in left field every day. Sure, he may make Daniel Murphy look like a Gold Glove left fielder, but they need his bat right now – and, who knows, maybe he’ll hit, feel comfortable and field better because of the boost in confidence. There is only one way to find out.
Campbell has hit all year. He’s 27. It would be one thing if the Youngs were combing for even average offensive player, but they’re not. Look, I’m not saying he’s the second coming of Barry Bonds, but – if Campbell was ever going to blossom – this would be the time, at an age where it will soon become more and more difficult for him to get going. Before committing him to be a sporadic, utility guy, the Mets should at least give him a regular look in a spot where they currently have a massive hole to fill.