Darin Ruf acknowledged what Mets followers have observed: His at-bats since becoming a member of the membership haven’t been nice.
“It’s a relentless course of to determine a whole lot of issues with hitting,” the struggling part-time DH stated earlier than the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Marlins at Citi Subject on Tuesday. “Feeling snug within the field, getting your timing, ensuring your pitch recognition is there.
“It hasn’t been good.”
Ruf, by way of 28 video games since he was acquired on the commerce deadline from the Giants, has not hit. Showing usually in opposition to lefty pitchers, the righty slugger is batting simply .152 and not using a residence run as a Met.
He was acquired to fill the opening that J.D. Davis (who was traded for Ruf) by no means stuffed. Whereas Daniel Vogelbach has excelled from the left facet, Ruf has dissatisfied, which led to a dialog with assistant hitting coach Jeremy Barnes on Tuesday.
The 2 “went by way of some issues that hopefully would possibly assist,” stated Ruf, who didn’t reveal the specifics of the adjustments which are being labored on. “Simply altering my method slightly bit to hopefully work with the function I’ve right here slightly bit extra. Perceive what the state of affairs requires.”
Ruf is working out of time to persuade the Mets he belongs on their postseason roster. He and rookie Mark Vientos have been battling for at-bats at DH in opposition to opposing lefties, and neither has claimed the job. Vientos, although, smacked his first profession residence run Saturday.
The Mets confronted three lefties starters of their latest collection in opposition to Oakland. Ruf went 2-for-12 with a stroll, and Vientos was 3-for-7 with that homer and two walks.
“I haven’t even thought of it,” Ruf stated, when requested if there was sufficient time to make a push for the playoff roster. “I’m attempting to determine in the present day and work out learn how to have the most effective at-bat that I can and transfer ahead from there.”
The Mets will face lefty Jesus Luzardo within the finale in opposition to the Marlins on Wednesday. Braves lefty Max Fried is anticipated to pitch within the upcoming collection, and it is going to be curious to see whether or not supervisor Buck Showalter opts for Ruf or Vientos.
If neither steps ahead, the Mets may give an audition to Francisco Alvarez, hitting effectively at Triple-A, although they must petition the league so as to add him to the postseason roster. In opposition to lefties, additionally they may attempt to maximize their protection by taking part in lefty-hitting Luis Guillorme at third and utilizing Eduardo Escobar at DH.
It’s doable this Mets-Marlins collection would be the closing time Showalter will handle in opposition to Mattingly, who shall be leaving Miami after this season in a call each he and the staff have referred to as mutual.
Showalter was Mattingly’s supervisor with the Yankees from 1992-95, and the 2 are shut.
“Donnie’s simply bought such a pure coronary heart,” Showalter stated. “The sport’s higher with him in it, and I hope he continues. He’s pretty much as good a human being as he’s a participant and coach and supervisor, and that’s saying lots.”
Mattingly and Showalter are united as revered baseball lifers who’ve by no means gained a World Collection. Showalter left the Yankees and Diamondbacks simply earlier than every gained a title.
“It’s form of like Indiana after Bobby Knight left,” Mattingly stated, referring to the 2001-02 Hoosiers, which misplaced within the nationwide championship. “They have been actually good [two years after Knight left], after which they form of simply fell aside. … His affect is there. Identical factor with Buck.”
The Mets introduced the set up of the “Amazin’ Deli interactive expertise.” Followers can take footage in entrance of the set that has been used for promotional supplies this season. It’s situated behind part 131, within the left-field nook.