Jerry Manuel seems to have focused most of his challenges directly at Church, whether it was Tatis or Sheffield it seems that Church has continually had to show his boss his value. While he doesn't appear to be the type that needs to be pushed, all he has done since spring training is produce.
It appears that even the media is entering the Church debate, as some are like me, wondering what this guy needs to do to earn a permanent position, others feel that Manuel is justified in not using Church as an everyday starter, not against lefties that is.......
all Church has done is hit. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday, raising his average to .358. And his defense in the outfield has been mostly superb. Still, when asked if he would play Church every day now -- instead of benching him against left-handed starting pitchers in favor of Tatis or Sheffield, as was the case Friday -- Manuel basically said no. source NJ.com
In his one season-plus as a Met, Church can rightfully say he has given them everything they could ask for, and more than they had any right to expect. But only against right handed pitching, his manager could counter. And unlike Church, he's got the numbers to back him up. source Newsday