With David Wright supposedly making his way back in the lineup by the end of the week, the New York Mets will have to send someone down to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for him on their roster. Even though he’s Sandy Alderson‘s $7.25 million favorite, Chris Young is the one who needs to go.
After his hitless, two strikeout performance against the Atlanta Braves, Young has seen his batting average wilt to .199. He’s back “on the interstate,” as Keith Hernandez would say. With just seven home runs and 23 RBI in 65 games, it’s safe to say he’s been off the toll roads for quite some time.
Eric Campbell, who has stepped in for Wright at third, is a much better option in the outfield than Young. Did I mention he’s hitting .322 in 34 games this year? Considering nobody on the Mets is hitting besides Daniel Murphy, Campbell absolutely needs to stay in the lineup. If it means swallowing some pride and sending $7.25 million to Vegas, so be it.
The time is ripe to make some sort of a change. With their loss tonight, the Mets have fallen 10 games below .500. That’s right, the 90-win Mets of Alderson’s dreams are 37-47 after July 1. They’ve also lost six of their last seven games. At the rate their swoon is developing, who knows where they’ll be at the All-Star break.
Enough is enough with the Young experiment. Send this guy down and make room for somebody who is capable of playing in the Major Leagues.