Dodgers Mets Position-By-Position Breakdown
By Alex Campos
Aug 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets third baseman Juan Uribe (2) during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
LAD Howie Kendrick .296/.341/.418, 9 HR, 112 wRC+, 2.1 WAR
NYM Juan Uribe .251/.320/.410, 13 HR, 102 wRC+, 1.9 WAR
If depth played a factor, the Mets would probably take this position easily. Dodger fans should be familiar with Uribe, but I’m not even sure if he beats Daniel Murphy and Kelly Johnson for the starting spot. The Mets infield has these two versatile backups that can play at third or shorts as well, and the Dodgers have Chase Utley and maybe hopefully Enrique Hernandez. But looking at two lefty starters for the Dodgers, I would have to guess the Mets go righty-heavy.
Overall, Kendrick has the best stats and his defense is good enough defensively. I’m also usually not a proponent of “playoff experience”, but Utley and Uribe have the most of the bunch, with 46 and 44 career postseason games, respectively.
Overall, it’s really hard to choose a side. Kendrick is the best player of the six, but I think we all know Uribe will have some sort of clutch hit in the postseason. Lets just call this one a push as well.
Advantage: Push (1-0-2)
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