Mets start rookie Mark Vientos for third consecutive start

Mark Vientos was in the Mets lineup for a third straight game, but it was a milestone that didn’t make sense for the 23-year-old’s entire career thus far.

But Tuesday meant another chance for Vientos to sit in the middle of the pecking order in a team that relies on young talent while hesitant to throw players like Vientos into the fire first. .

Vientos, who has a .192/.222/.530 ​​batting average in nine games, wasn’t playing badly, but after hitting a tying home run in his season debut almost two weeks ago, his chances weren’t fully taken. not grasped

“I don’t really see a big difference [between the minors and here]Vientos told the Post before the Mets beat the Phillies 2-0 at Citi Field, going one-for-three with one strikeout. “I feel the level of competition is good on both levels, but I feel the only difference is playing consistently and getting comfortable. When I play, I feel comfortable and I get back to normal just playing baseball, and I feel comfortable as the game goes on, and I’m sure it will continue to improve.”

Mark Vientos singled to first base in the fourth inning of the Mets’ 2–0 win over the Phillies.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

It might sound like Vientos is faintly complaining about his inconsistent playing time, but that’s not the case. He’s certainly hoping to join the daily line-up, but he’s not going to rock that special ship.

“I don’t really care,” said Vientos, whose manager Buck Showalter replaced lefty Daniel Vogelbach (strikeout) against righty Unior Marte in the eighth inning. “I like the fact that I am improving here. My goal is not only to help the team win, but to improve as a player. I feel like I am getting better and learning.”

Despite Showalter’s notoriously reluctance to push any more responsibility onto his young players, Vientos is one of the best in a trio that includes catcher Francisco Alvarez and third baseman Brett Batty. The player has the shortest tenure and the least playing time.

Right-handed hitters have faced left-handed hitters in most games, with Phillies southpaw Ranger Suarez starting Tuesday and the Mets not scheduled to face opposing left-handed hitters until Yusei Kikuchi in Toronto on Sunday. do not have.

It will be interesting to see how much Vientos will play this week, or whether Vogelbach or the rising Eduardo Escobar will dominate the DH at-bat against right-handed hitters.

For now, Vientos seems fine with his situation.

“I’m a game student. I like watching baseball,” Vientos said. “I’m the type of person who goes home and watches another baseball game because I’m really interested in how they can get better, how they can learn. I can add that to my game, that’s how I see it.”

Omar Narvaez (left calf strain) took a day off on Tuesday when there were no games in Syracuse.

The catcher has played three games in rehab and will be ready to return when he is eligible on June 6, Showalter said.

The Mets reinstated and named Jimmy Yakabonis (left quadriceps) from the IL.

His right arm gave up 9 runs in 9 innings in 5 games other than the bullpen.

Sterling Marte (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 stolen base) recorded his eighth multi-hit game this month.

He played four similar matches in March and April.

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