While they were officially eliminated from postseason contention earlier this week, Davey Martinez and his club are determined to finish strong over the last few games and he said on Thursday that he wants to play some of the young guys on the roster while giving his veterans a break this weekend.
“I want to play some of these guys, get them some at bats, and just watch them play these last four days,” the third-year skipper explained.
“We’ve had some guys that have played and I appreciate them very much, but have played beat up, [Asdrúbal Cabrera] being one of them.
“So I told him he can come in and pinch hit for us the next couple days, but I kind of want to keep him off his feet, maybe DH him one day, but we’ll see how he feels.”
“But I want to give some of these younger guys a chance,” Martinez added. “[Andrew] Stevenson has done well. I want to see Jake [Noll] swing the bat a little bit. [Yadiel Hernandez] will get a chance to get in there and play, so these guys are going to get an opportunity these next four days to go out there and get some at bats and just play and go have fun.”
Martinez said he also thought it was important for two players in particular, Trea Turner and Juan Soto, to get some at bats for other reasons.
Talking about Soto in particular, Martinez said before the series opener, “...let’s not forget, he’s got four days, but these four days are important for him, because I really believe that he should get many, many votes for MVP this year. Him and Trea both.
“If Trea is healthy enough I want to get him in there so he can get consideration for MVP, I think it’s something that they both should be proud of. They played unbelievable these 60 games or whatever it was, and I’m happy for both of them.
“What they mean to me, personally, is watching those two guys I’m writing their names in the lineup, they’re the two guys that we count on to get the offense going as we talked about. They’re the constants in our lineup.
“They keep everybody afloat, they push everybody.”
Turner and Soto are back in there tonight for the second game of four with the Mets in the nation’s capital. Who else is in there?