Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Mets manager Terry Collins speculated out loud what his lineup might look like this season through the first seven batters. It came out of his mouth like this:
1. RF Curtis Granderson .821-OBP
2. 3B David Wright .813-OBP
3. CF Yoenis Cespedes .941-OBP
4. 1B Lucas Duda .838-OBP
5. 2B Neil Walker .755-OBP
6. LF Michael Conforto .841-OBP
7. SS Asdrubal Cabrera .745-OBP
It seemed to me that Collins forgot to slot in catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.825-OBP) into this lineup. I don’t see d’Arnaud as the eight hitter and he could hit as high as fifth. Your discussion needed here.
Yoenis Cespedes has arrived to the Mets camp and he did have a few choice things to say to the beat presss upon his arrival –
“That’s exactly what it is, just coming home. The chemistry was natural. Everybody just worked together.”
Mack – There’s still a couple of guys out there that haven’t reported yet (De Aja, Cabrera, Taijeron), but they will. The good news is the ‘Big Guy’ is in the house.
It seems more obvious every day that Cespedes orchestrated his return to The Big Aplle. He really loves being a Met.
Want the Mets to draft a college outfielder in the mold of Michael Conforto?
According to D1 Baseball, here are the top 10 ranked outfielders available in June’s draft:
1 Buddy Reed, Florida .305/.367/.433, 4 HR, 18 SB
2 Corey Ray, Louisville .325/.389/.543, 11 HR, 34 SB
3 Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt .318/.388/.462, 5 HR, 17 SB
4 Kyle Lewis, Mercer .367/.423/.677, 17 HR
5 Nick Banks, Texas A&M .354/.450/.536, 8 HR
6 Stephen Wrenn, Georgia .324/.400/.482, 8 HR, 28 SB
7 Jake Fraley, LSU .307/.372/.495, 2, 23 SB
8 Ryan Boldt, Nebraska .344/.429/.408, 1 HR
9 Keston Hiura, UC Irvine .330/.392/.520, 7 HR
10 Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt .281/.394/.530, 8 HR, 19 SB
Mike Puma @NYPost_Mets - Terry Collins says he will probably want Juan Lagares in CF "when the game is on the line" in the late innings.
Sandy Alderson Sandy Alderson on Bartolo Colon -
“First and foremost, we brought him back because we thought he could contribute on the field. The downside for us is minimal because he can and is willing to perform different roles, which gives us some flexibility that you don’t typically have with someone of his ability and experience. But then secondly, the leadership that he provides in the clubhouse, the mentorship that he provides, is invaluable. I don’t even know how you estimate the impact and the value. He’s ageless. You’re not necessarily relying on pure stuff with someone like Bartolo. You’re relying on his experience, his guile, his ability to make adjustments. I’m really happy to have him back.”
Mack – I still have questions regarding whether it was the right decision to bring back Colon. We’ll just have to wait and see.