Where Jeff McNeil stands in NL batting race

ATLANTA — Jeff McNeil’s pursuit of Mets historical past stays an fascinating subplot in these last days of the common season.

The Mets utilityman elevated his batting common to .323 by going 2-for-4 in the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Braves at Truist Park on Saturday night time. McNeil trails solely Freddie Freeman, who entered Saturday at .327, for the most important league lead. But Freeman additionally performs in the National League, leaving the Dodgers’ first baseman as a large roadblock to McNeil’s pursuit of a batting title.

Jose Reyes, who gained the batting title in 2011, is the one Met to perform the feat. Reyes hit .337 that year, securing the title on the ultimate day of the common season.

Before the sport Saturday, Mets supervisor Buck Showalter was requested what stood out to him about McNeil’s season on the plate. Showalter pointed to the actual fact McNeil was hitting .312 towards lefties.

Jeff McNeil rips an RBI single through the fifth inning of the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Braves.

“In order to be a left-handed hitter and have a chance to win a batting title, you have to be good against left-handed pitching,” Showalter stated. “He’s been a utility player for me from the standpoint I can hit him anywhere in the batting order and that is unusual. It’s really helped our batting order present challenges to the bullpens other teams have because being able to move him around really creates some stress on some bullpens.”

Freeman will end his season with 4 video games in Los Angeles towards a dismal Rockies pitching employees. McNeil’s problem contains one last sport towards the Braves on Sunday earlier than going through the dilapidated Nationals in a collection to conclude the common season.

Francisco Alvarez labored with catching teacher Glenn Sherlock in the bullpen earlier than the sport and tried to acquaint himself with the PitchCom machine used to ship indicators to pitchers. Though Alvarez was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday for his right-handed bat, Showalter stated he may obtain motion behind the plate.

Alvarez went 0-for-2 Saturday after coming into the sport as a pinch-hitter. He is hitless in six at-bats to start his MLB career.

Jacob deGrom stated he doesn’t have any considerations about taking his subsequent potential flip in the rotation on Wednesday. DeGrom left his begin Friday after six innings due to concern over a blood blister. He stated the finger grew to become most aggravated when he threw his slider.

“This will be fine,” deGrom instructed The Post, motioning towards his proper center finger.

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