Last night we saw Eric Campbell start only his second game in left field for the New York Mets. Despite it only being his second start in left field, he came up with a huge play, throwing out Washington Nationals‘ right fielder Jayson Werth at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Mets only led 2-1. That play was a game changer instead of the game being tied. The Mets got out of that inning leading by one run and had momentum on their side. They were able to tack on some insurance runs and go onto win 6-1.
Campbell has been a man of many positions. He has played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field this season for the Mets. It has been clear that Campbell has been able to fulfill the duties and has what it takes to be an above average utility-man. He has hit when given his opportunities to play. On the year he has a .311/.353/.402 slash line in 122 at-bats.
Now is the time to find out if he can contribute as an everyday player and it’s not like there isn’t an opening for him on this team. Left field has been a huge question mark all season long for the Mets. Why not let Campbell go out there and show what he can do on an everyday basis? The worst thing that can happen is that he is as bad as what the Mets have ran out in left field to this point in the season.
They really have nothing to lose by playing Campbell out in left field every day. Defensively he would be a downgrade of course from Chris Young and Eric Young Jr., but his bat is the real reason why they need him in the lineup. Like I said, he has had success over a small sample, but the Mets don’t know how good of a hitter he can be because he has yet to get regular playing time.
If the Mets end up giving him a shot every day in left field and it doesn’t work out, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. All I’m saying is give the guy a chance to prove himself. I just hate seeing a guy who has potential to be a solid player not get a shot, especially when the team has a need for a bat. Campbell can potentially be an answer in left field, but until he gets regular playing time, it will still be unknown whether or not he can handle an everyday job.