One of the main concerns for the Mets heading into this season was how they would go about filling the void at the top of the order that was left when Jose Reyes left for Miami.
While some petitioned for perhaps Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to land the role, the odds on favorite was always Andres Torres. And if Spring Training games are any indication, Torres is off to a running start.
In seven games this spring, Torres has six hits in 18 at-bats thus far for a .333 batting average. As of Friday, Torres’ on base percentage (a major area of concern among his doubters) was a healthy .364. Torres also has collected two stolen bases and scored two runs so far. Not to mention Torres has also driven in four runs.
Of course, the sampling size is incredibly small and we’re only talking about Spring Training here, but Torres has shown a spark that was missing in his game last year. There appears to be more pep in Torres’ step as he tries to make amends for a poor season he had with the Giants last year.
If you read Brandon’s piece from Wednesday, you’ll realize Torres’ worth to the squad. Torres is an extremely hard worker whose passion for the game is contagious. Torres defense has never been questioned and he’ll undoubtedly be an upgrade over Angel Pagan.
Now it is up to Torres to keep it up and give the Mets a presence at the top of the order. While Torres has a little pop, his main asset will be his speed. No is going to confuse Torres with Reyes as they are completely two different players, but if Torres can get on base and swipe some bags and make way for the Mets’ hitters, he’ll endear himself to Mets’ fans.
Now, will Torres have enough mojo to keep this going all season? Maybe, maybe not, but at least his strong spring is instilling some hope.
Finding a capable leadoff hitter was always going to be a question mark for the Mets and if Torres can keep it up, it will validate the trade they made with the Giants when they shipped Pagan out of town.
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