1. Juan Uribe
Juan Uribe, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 25 along with teammate Kelly Johnson, may be 36 years old, but he is the only member of the Mets with any World Series experience, something to consider with the Royals a year removed from their last appearance in the Fall Classic.
Despite hitting only .200 over 35 at-bats in nine games across two World Series appearances with Chicago and San Francisco, Uribe hit one of the biggest home runs for the Giants in their 2010 run, blasting a three-run homer against Texas Rangers’ reliever Darren O’Day, particularly decisive in an 11-7 Game 1 World Series victory. He accrued two RBI, off a single in the seventh inning and a walk in the eighth, major contributions in the Giants’ 9-0 win the following night in Game 2.
A career .256 hitter, Uribe has particularly thrived in his career against Kansas City, posting a .289 batting average with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 75 games and 256 ABs. All told, Uribe hit .260 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI in 127 ABs at Kaufmann Stadium, posting his fourth-highest batting average in any ball park with a minimum of 125 career at-bats. Although rather putrid at getting on-base for his career, Uribe’s .335 mark against the Royals, 32 points above his career average, is his fifth-best mark against any club.
Alas, playing Uribe is contingent on his health: when Collins was asked about whether or not Uribe will be available for the World Series, the manager answered on Friday, “I don’t know.”