After missing all of the playoffs to this point, Juan Uribe - who last played on September 25th - appears to be ready to go for the World Series.
This is great news for the Mets.
While Uribe is far from the best player on the team, he does add something to the Mets, especially in a series like this.
Since the American League won the All Star Game, that means the Royals have home field advantage in the series. Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be held in Kansas City.
What does that mean (other than a loud KC-based crowd)? It means four of the seven games will have a DH.
The Mets, of course, are not used to playing with a Designated Hitter. It's not something a team in the National League plans for.
The Royals, on the other hand, have one of the best DHs in the game in Kendrys Morales. Fortunately for the Mets, Morales, who is one of the Royals' best hitters, doesn't really have a position defensively (he plays a very average first base if needed), so he may have to actually start games 3, 4, and 5 (at Citi Field, with no DH) on the bench.
But the Mets don't have a natural choice for DH. Uribe could become that guy.
Mets' manager Terry Collins has already stated that lefty Kelly Johnson will start Game 1 as the DH. It's a good choice because Uribe may not be fully healthy, and because Johnson is a lefty facing a right-handed starter for the Royals.
But Uribe adds much-needed depth to a bench that will be short of its best pinch hitter in Johnson, who will already be in the lineup.
Also of note: Juan Uribe is the only player on the Mets roster with a World Series ring.
That's some invaluable experience and veteran presence on a team with so many young players who have never been in this kind of pressure situation.
Uribe is a fan favorite and a clubhouse favorite amongst the players. It's big for the Mets to have him bag in the dugout, even if he doesn't play right away.