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Why Mets’ Buck Showalter didn’t pinch hit for James McCann

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In the sixth inning of a tie game Tuesday night, the Mets had runners on first and second with two outs and chose not to pinch hit for the ineffective James McCann.

A short bench was to blame, according to Buck Showalter.

After McCann struck out for the third time in as many at-bats, on the way to a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field, Showalter said he considered using a pinch hitter in that spot but decided not to because the Mets had a short bench with Brett Baty unavailable (aside from as a pinch runner) due to a sore thumb.

James McCann walks to the dugout after striking out with runners on first and second in the sixth inning of the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
James McCann walks to the dugout after striking out with runners on first and second in the sixth inning of the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
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Showalter indicated he would have pinch hit Daniel Vogelbach for McCann, which would have necessitated a pinch runner had Vogelbach reached. Tomas Nido would have then needed to enter the game as a catcher, all but draining the Mets’ bench.

“It really cramped some of the things we could do early in the game,” Showalter said.

Showalter eventually pinch hit Vogelbach for McCann in the ninth inning, but he grounded into a double play.

McCann, meanwhile, finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He is now batting .185 on the season with a .503 OPS.

“Just keep going,” McCann said of what he needed to do to get back on track. “Don’t let a night like tonight ruin things. Prior to tonight, I’d been hitting the ball harder more consistently, just going right at guys. That’s part of the game. Sometimes it doesn’t go in your favor. Right now, that’s how it feels for me.”


Timmy Trumpet will have to wait until Wednesday for his live rendition of “Narco” at Citi Field.

Edwin Diaz, who uses the song as his popular entrance music, warmed up in the bottom of the ninth but the Mets could not stage a rally to get him in the game.

Trumpet, one of the artists behind “Narco” (along with Blasterjaxx), made the trip to Queens on Tuesday to meet Diaz and throw out the first pitch. But he is expected to return on Wednesday for another shot.

“It’s absolutely insane, it’s incredibly humbling and a great honor that a world-class athlete is using my song as inspiration to run on that pitch,” the Australian musician said before the game.


Carlos Carrasco (left oblique strain) threw about 55 pitches in a simulated game on Monday, putting him in line to rejoin the Mets rotation by this weekend against the Nationals if everything goes according to plan.


Clayton Kershaw will come off the injured list to start Thursday’s series finale, squaring off against Chris Bassitt. … Infielder Yolmer Sanchez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.


The Massapequa Coast team that went to the Little League World Series earlier this month spent some time pregame on the field, with Francisco Lindor, Baty, McCann and Nido among the Mets who interacted with them.

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