New York Mets president Sandy Alderson says that the team is putting focus on offense over defense, adding that players such as Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora Jr. were brought on board to help with their defensive work.
“While some of our players aren’t defensive geniuses, we think that the overall blend that we have is pretty good,” Alderson said during an appearance on the ESPN telecast of Thursday night’s victory over the Washington Nationals (h/t ESPN).
“I totally agree with Sandy,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “That’s one of the things that we’re working on in this camp. We talk about baserunning. We failed today in baserunning. We got picked off at first base on a 3-2 count. That should never happen. We gave up, I think it was, three stolen bases, even though McCann threw the ball well. So defensively we can hurt ourselves. And we’ve seen it happen in the past. It happened last year.”
The Mets finished 10th among all 30 teams last year with 32 total errors for the season.