NEW YORK -- Ugggh!
With Danny Muno having returned from Triple-A Las Vegas in place of injured left-hander Steven Matz, the New York Mets restored their bench to a standard five players. However, none of those five players has a batting average over the Mendoza line with the Mets this season. Take a look:
John Mayberry Jr. .194 (18-for-93)
Johnny Monell .189 (7-for-37)
Eric Campbell .176 (24-for-136)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis .091 (4-for-44)
Muno .083 (2-for-24)
The collective batting average of the five bench players: .165 (55-for-334).
Mets pitchers this season are batting a combined .166 -- one point higher.
Manager Terry Collins defended his current bench before Friday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He noted that Nieuwenhuis, Campbell and Monell all had big moments in San Francisco during the last series.
Asked if the Mets can succeed with this bench, Collins said: “We not only can, we will, because those are the guys we have.”