In the third inning of the Mets’ 3-1 win over the Braves at Tradition Field, Jacob deGrom induced what should have been an inning ending double play to prevent a run from scoring.
Instead, John Mayberry was unable to catch the return throw from Wilmer Flores at second base, which allowed Eric Young Jr. to reach safely and score Eury Perez.
Mayberry’s footwork was poor on the throw from Flores. He stepped almost towards the pitcher, which forced him to reach unnecessarily for Flores’ throw, which while a little low, was on target.
Mayberry’s unlikely to be the primary alternative to Lucas Duda at first base – I expect he will play in the outfield and Michael Cuddyer would be at first on those occasions, assuming everyone is healthy.
Nevertheless, their defense has not been good to start Spring Training. They’ve committed six errors in their first five games, but there have been other plays – such as the one from Mayberry – which don’t show up in the box score. This serves as a reminder of the problems the Mets might have defensively this season. Their issues impact both their flyball and ground ball pitchers on the club, from poor range and poor arms in the corner outfield spots, to poor range and poor fielding on the middle infield. It becomes imperative things like Mayberry’s misplay don’t happen, especially when the middle infield executes properly.